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Old 04-21-2019, 12:24 PM   #1
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The maker of the dual-screen YotaPhone goes bankrupt

The maker of the dual-screen YotaPhone goes bankrupt

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Old 04-21-2019, 01:08 PM   #2
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It is possible there might be something similar, someone on better financial footing might buy the tech and release something, potentially even called yotaphone (their trademarks are for sale too), it's an interesting idea.
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It is possible there might be something similar, someone on better financial footing might buy the tech and release something, potentially even called yotaphone (their trademarks are for sale too), it's an interesting idea.
Hisense, a Chinese company, make a very similar phone, the Hisense A2 Pro: https://eyestraintreatment.com/review-hisense-a2-pro/

They also have an even newer model which has a frontlight on the eink side, the Hisense A6: https://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/20...s-nice-videos/

However, the Google Play Store cannot yet be installed on the A6 model which is why I opted for the A2 Pro instead. A very nice device although I really lament the lack of a frontlight.

Personally, although I really like my dual screen A2 Pro, I think such phones are a bit gimmicky. I would much rather have a decent single screen eink phone and I suspect that many of the people drawn to such devices feel the same.

Instead of having the colour screen which I don't really need, it would have been nicer if they had opted for a better camera instead. The camera on the A2 Pro is really quite mediocre.

If such companies were to produce a really high quality specialized eink phone, I think they would find an eager market. Instead, they produce a phone with mediocre specs which doesn't really satisfy anybody's needs/desires.

Although it is sad to see the demise of Yotaphone as it leaves less competition in the market which often serves to drive innovation, perhaps it will spur somebody on to really re-examine the concept and produce a high quality dedicated eink phone instead.
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Old 04-21-2019, 09:39 PM   #6
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I too would prefer a single screen e-ink phone, but I suspect too large a segment of the targeted market demand to be able to watch cat videos.
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Old 04-21-2019, 10:49 PM   #7
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I also have Yotaphone 2 and I still use it. It is actually a very good phone.

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Old 04-22-2019, 01:03 PM   #9
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Personally, although I really like my dual screen A2 Pro, I think such phones are a bit gimmicky. I would much rather have a decent single screen eink phone and I suspect that many of the people drawn to such devices feel the same.

Instead of having the colour screen which I don't really need, it would have been nicer if they had opted for a better camera instead. The camera on the A2 Pro is really quite mediocre.

If such companies were to produce a really high quality specialized eink phone, I think they would find an eager market. Instead, they produce a phone with mediocre specs which doesn't really satisfy anybody's needs/desires.

Although it is sad to see the demise of Yotaphone as it leaves less competition in the market which often serves to drive innovation, perhaps it will spur somebody on to really re-examine the concept and produce a high quality dedicated eink phone instead.
Yotaphone had that in the works but just couldn't get their act together



I hope Hisense takes a stab at it. I prefer their design of the A2 Pro and A6 to the Yotaphone 2 and 3
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New e-ink phone on Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/k...th/coming_soon

The campaign hasn't started yet, but you can sign up to be notified by email when it starts.

I don't believe in e-ink-only phones, but several people on Mobileread wrote that they want one, so now you can put your money where your mouth is :-)
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very interesting.
now if only we can have this or hisense a6 with google play....

after years of gmail, google calendar and google maps, i'm afraid i'm locked-in..
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I don't believe in e-ink-only phones, but several people on Mobileread wrote that they want one, so now you can put your money where your mouth is :-)
Oh I would like one... with decent specs. Not sure this is it. And I would wait until a device actually comes to market rather than backing such a campaign.

However, I wish them every success and might eventually get one should it ever come to market and if they are able to improve the specs somewhat.
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now if only we can have this or hisense a6 with google play....

after years of gmail, google calendar and google maps, i'm afraid i'm locked-in..
The Hisense A2 Pro has Google Play and, on Aliexpress, it is currently about half the price of the A6. It just doesn't have a frontlight on the eink side which is unfortunate.
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New e-ink phone on Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/k...th/coming_soon

The campaign hasn't started yet, but you can sign up to be notified by email when it starts.

I don't believe in e-ink-only phones, but several people on Mobileread wrote that they want one, so now you can put your money where your mouth is :-)
Not much info at the Indiegogo page so I googled and found this video

A few highlights:
  • Android 8.1 but...
  • no Google play, they plan to have their own app store
  • 2Gb memory, 16Gb storage, sdcard slot for upto +64Gb
  • mt6763 octocore CPU
  • USB C connector, includes fast charging
  • 5.2" E-Ink Carta screen (1280x720)with frontlight
  • battery 3100ma - they are claiming 2days as phone, 7days just reading, 15days standby
  • 8Mp rear camera
  • 138mmx72mmx8.5mm
  • ~349USD
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I don't believe in e-ink-only phones, but several people on Mobileread wrote that they want one, so now you can put your money where your mouth is :-)
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thanks,
very interesting.
now if only we can have this or hisense a6 with google play....

after years of gmail, google calendar and google maps, i'm afraid i'm locked-in..
Their built-in calendar and mail program should be able to support Google Calendar and Gmail, although perhaps more rudimentary than you'd like. Have no idea what they'll do for maps, which would be a killer feature, having the e-Ink screen always on while wandering around.

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Not much info at the Indiegogo page so I googled and found this video

A few highlights:
  • Android 8.1 but...
  • no Google play, they plan to have their own app store
  • 2Gb memory, 16Gb storage, sdcard slot for upto +64Gb
  • mt6763 octocore CPU
  • USB C connector, includes fast charging
  • 5.2" E-Ink Carta screen (1280x720)with frontlight
  • battery 3100ma - they are claiming 2days as phone, 7days just reading, 15days standby
  • 8Mp rear camera
  • 138mmx72mmx8.5mm
  • ~349USD
Thanks much for not only finding the video, but also for transcribing the key specs. I watched the video and missed the frontlight mention (the Indiegogo page didn't say anything about it).

Flagship specs back in 2012. But decent list price--I paid more for my 3G Kindle Keyboard when it first came out. Here's hoping they offer a wide variety of cellular radios for all regions and most carriers.
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