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Engadget Feb 24, 2014

Although we've been hands-on with a very early and fragile prototype, the physical improvements are immediately obvious. When you turn the phone over to its "normal" side, for example to watch video or use the camera, you'll notice that the 720p LCD panel has been upgraded.

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CNET Feb 23, 2014

The new YotaPhone's e-ink, or electronic paper display (EPD), grows to 4.7 inches on back, with a 960x540-pixel resolution. This is leagues more detail-rich than the first phone's 640x360-pixel resolution, which frankly made monochromatic images look fuzzy; a bad combo.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 24, 2014

We like the new design, it certainly looks softer and it feels lovely to hold with the e-paper display on the rear, just like the original model. The YotaPhone 2 sits in your hand better however, as the curved edges feel more natural than the square design.

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Wired UK Feb 24, 2014

It's much slimmer and lighter and generally more attractive than the previous model, and the E-Ink screen looks and functions much better in person. The rounded corners and curved grey back make the phone feel like a perfectly smooth pebble.

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Time Feb 24, 2014

The second-generation YotaPhone should be a vast improvement over the original, adding a full capacitive touchscreen for the e-ink display and new features to go with it.

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Phone Scoop Feb 24, 2014

Where the original YotaPhone was thick, blocky, and unbecoming, the new device is modern and quite attractive. It has pleasant curves and an appealing design. The main screen has been upgraded to a 5-inch HD panel.

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T3 Feb 25, 2014

While the first YotaPhone seemed like a bit of a gimmick, the manufacturer has learnt lessons and applied them to the second-gen handset. And what they've come up with looks like a very cool product.

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