Yandex forays into smartphone segment with its first ‘Yandex Phone’


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Russia’s equivalent of Google, Yandex, has now entered the mobile industry with the launch of its very first phone. The device is named as Yandex Phone and will be carrying a price tag of 17,990 rubles (i.e. ~270$).

Basically, Yandex is a company which owns a search engine and ‘Beru’ an e-commerce website. The device will be made available on Beru, a few flagship stores in Moscow and also at the Russian wireless carrier Beeline. To recall, Yandex also has built its own AI which goes by the name Alice this could provide a good competition to Google’s Assistant. The Yandex phone will be assisted by the same voice assistant Alice. Ditching Google, ‘Yandex’ will be the phone’s very own search engine.

Yandex Phone Specifications:

The Yandex phone sports a 5.65-inch display along with 2160 x 1080 pixels resolutions addressing a pixel density of 427 PPi. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 630 SoC backed with a 4GB RAM and 64GB as an internal memory storage which is expandable up to the limit of 128GB with microSD card usage. The handset will be running on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and will be carrying a powerpack of 3050mAh.

Coming on to the imaging department, the device features a dual rear camera of 16MP + 5MP at back and there is a 5MP sensor at the front to shoot selfies. The connectivity options on the phone includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS, 4G- VoLTE, a 3.5mm audio jack and supports type-C USB.

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