By Staff Writer ( | First Posted: Jun 26, 2015 06:00 AM EDT

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Previously, we talked about the potential arrival of the dual-screened YotaPhone 2 to the U.S. The smartphone's maker, Yota, had launched an Indiegogo campaign that aims to raise $50,000 to help pay the necessary fees in bringing the device to American territory. To date, Yota has managed to raise $253,023 a month after launching the crowdfunding campaign, which means that the innovative gadget is much likely to arrive in the US in August, as projected.

Despite the fact that the smartphone is not yet in America, a number of reviews of the YotaPhone 2 has already been made. And they invariably agreed that two screens are better than one.

T"he YotaPhone 2 has two screens, an AMOLED touchscreen and an e-paper (E Ink) screen, one on either side of the 9mm thin phone," Digital Trends noted. "Putting two screens on one phone may sound like utter madness, especially given what we know about the desperately short life of smartphone batteries, but Yota says the second screen will actually extend your battery life and impress you with its abilities."

Upon testing, the site's reviewer found that the second screen "eliminates the need to power up your phone to check for notifications or the time, because it's always on."

Considering that a smartphone user checks his or her phone at an average of 150 times a day, this is a significant convenience.

"Just like a Kindle or any other ebook reader, the YotaPhone's e-paper screen is low-energy and can last for a long time, while using very little battery. You can always see the time, how many notifications you've got, the amount of battery that's left, the weather, calendar, and dozens of other customizable metrics," Digital Trends added.

As such, the tech news portal's reviewer said, one could practically live on the second screen alone.

Additionally, PC Advisor noted that despite the dual-screen feature, the unit itself remains thin and light, as well as "simplistic."

"We like the stealthy, minimalist appearance and the clever way the nano-SIM card slot also doubles up as the volume button rocker. There's no waterproof rating but we think we can let Yota off considering there are two screens," the publication said.

Then there's the impressive efficient battery use.

"With a middle of the road 2500 mAh battery you're going to get a usual day of usage if you simply use the front screen," PC Advisor said. "However, use the rear screen for your day to day tasks and you're going to get two, three or maybe more days from the YotaPhone 2."

The dual-screened gadget will reportedly retail at $500 (contract-free) when released.


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