YotaDevices Cancels North America Launch For YotaPhone 2 & Offers Refund to Indiegogo Backers

Earlier this summer,  YotaDevices launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds for its dual-screen smartphone, YotaPhone 2.

YotaPhone 2 1The YotaPhone 2 is described as the “world’s first” dual-screen always-on smartphone has arrived. Fully customizable always-on screen. It offers AMOLED display with hands-free messaging, e-reading for up to 100 hours on a single charge and notifications. Basically, it has full Android functionality on both screens. It also has a 2500mAh lithium-polymer battery Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 wireless charging

Other features of the YotaPhone 2 are the following:

  • Full HD 1920×1080
  • 16-level gray scale
  • Full capacitive touch
  • 16M colors
  • Corning Gorilla glass 3

YotaDevice shared:

“We believe that consumers are looking for a more intelligent way to communicate with their smartphones. That is why we created Yotaphone 2, the first mobile that rethinks and rebalances our relationship with smartphones.”

YotaPhone 2 2The campaign gained nearly $300,000 during its campaign. Unfortunately, the project’s organizers announced that the phones aren’t going to make it to North America after all.

According to AndroidHeadines, YotaDevice sent out an email to backers announcing that they have canceled their plans for the North America launch. This is due to the partners, unforeseen production and delivery. They also stated that the delay in the YotaPhone 2 coming to North America would have pushed the delivery date to 2016 (while other regions of the world would have been receiving newer and better hardware). For this, the company felt that it would not be in the best interest of its customers.

The company noted in the Indiegogo updates that they have moved quickly to start preparing for refunds and process shipments of the International YotaPhone 2 (YD201) and to keep things simple, they created a survey for users to select their refund option.

Despite this, the phone will be shipping to other regions starting in mid-August.

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