«Yandex» continues to join the production of «iron». Six months ago, we looked at smart column «Yandex.Station» and now, please welcome the first smartphone of the company «Yandex.Phone.»
Of course, there’s Android, have voice assistant «Alice», a set of branded services and a number of nice features. Let’s get acquainted!
Technical data «Yandex.Phone»:
- Dimensions: 150,1×72,5×8,28 mm, 163g
- Display: 5.65 inch, 2160×1080 (18:9), IPS
- CPU: 8-core Snapdragon 630
- Memory: 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, microSD slot
- Battery: 3050 mAh
- Camera: 16+5 MP (main), 5 (front)
- OS: Android 8.1
- Communication: Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1, 3G, 4G, GPS
- Housing color: black
- Features: NFC, fast charging Quick Charge 3.0
Let’s start with the box
In the white box along with the phone comes the charger, a user manual and a paper clip in the shape of the letter «I» for extracting hybrid «tray» under the two SIM cards or one SIM card and memory card.
About build and items
«Yandex.Phone» is currently available in one color — black. Other colors is not known, but looking back on the experience with «Yandex.Station» and adjusted for current trends, we can expect the red version.
On both sides of the device covers the rounded glass Gorilla Glass 3. On the back of the chassis are fast fingerprint scanner, company logo, and dual main camera module, which is not the sticks.
On the right side is the volume rocker and the power button on the left — the slot for the SIM card. The bottom end has a port of Type-C 3.0 and speaker grille, and the top — 3.5 mm audio Jack. Case thickness moderate — to 8.28 mm, weight — 163 g.
Glass definitely plays into the hands of tactile sensations from the device. A smartphone in hand felt cool and expensive, although it is not a flagship.
Update (14:18): According to the analyst Eldar Murtazin, were taken as a basis the Chinese «blank» Arima Z2 available for production from April 2018.
The story of the «eyebrow» and the pursuit of bermocoll «Yandex.Phone» are over. The smartphone is not that looks «backward» in this respect, but is not going to stand out. The rounded corners display no padding top and bottom not as bulky as the little 3 Pixel but still catches the eye.
The display is good, 5.65 inch IPS with a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9.
«Yandex.Phone» is equipped with 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 630, complemented by 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB ROM. In AnTuTu figure 91 thousand points in GeekBench and 879 4221 in single-core and multi-core tests respectively.
The device definitely will not play solution, but this «stuffing» is more than enough for everyday tasks like surfing the net, instant messengers, social networking, navigation, taxi, and the like.
The «trick» in the software
The key point in the smartphone is soft, full of products of «Yandex». In addition to the original shell and phone applications, the user will find the device «Yandex.Browser», search the app «Yandex.Mail», «Yandex.Disk», «Yandex.Cards», «Yandex.Taxi», «Yandex.Music», «Yandex.Money» app marketplace «Take» and «Yandex.The keyboard.»
All services of «Yandex» «fit» on the smartphone? No! Then there is «Kinopoisk», «Yandex.Drive», «Yandex.Navigator», for example. Them and all the others will offer to install when you first turn. In addition, a menu of recommendations for the first activation, you may notice the application of the operator if the inserted SIM card.
What is most interesting: as OS 8.1 installed Android Oreo, which is the requirement of Google should include some services and, of course, when you first start the device asks you to log in to your Google account. However, in the hands of a smartphone from «Yandex» and therefore be so kind as to login and it.
This requirement may seem a little Intrusive, but it hardly will confuse the potential buyers of the smartphone. Because the target audience of this device is for the most part of the users of the service «Yandex». So to carp at such trifles will not.
In addition, the authorization in the account will allow you to pull all your data and when you first turn offer to install the application the Bank you use.
What does a fan of «Yandex» buying «Yandex.The phone»? First of all, the gifts equivalent to the amount of 3000 rubles. Among them:
- A six month subscription «Yandex.Plus».
- Unlimited data storage «Yandex.Disk» to save photos in high quality.
- 500 rubles in «Yandex.The money» and 10% cashback up to 500 rubles a month for three months.
- 300 rubles in «Yandex.Taxi».
The Second Is «Alice». In «Yandex.Phone» is equipped with two microphone with the ability to record stereo sound. But their key task is to recognize the phrase «Hey, Alice.»
The assistant is called from any application, and even when the screen is locked. You should consider that before talking with «Alice» you have to enter a password or use a fingerprint scanner or enable Smart Lock. And you can disable the recognition of the phrase «Hey, Alice.» In this case, the assistant will become «deaf».
«Alice» tries to be as helpful as possible, but because along with the answers to direct questions strives to bring you useful information in the form of occasional cards. It might be tomorrow’s weather, traffic, notice of the approach of a taxi or offer to play music for running.
On «Alice» branded «chips» are not over. For example, in «Yandex.Phone» a telephone app with the integration of «Yandex.Directory».
In the search for contacts, users can detect the number of interest organizations. And more cool smartphone is matched to «Yandex.Guide» when you receive calls from unfamiliar numbers, displaying information about the calling subscriber upon detection of a match. Goodbye spam!
A little more about the launcher: one of the working slots are reserved for endless tape «Zen» in the application menu are divided into categories, you can filter by color, branded app for changing themes and Wallpapers, gesture control there — only the touch of a key.
Another important detail — not all of popular apps can now be install. For example, Instagram download we are unable. Google Play says that the device is not supported.
Instagram was not working until!
After release earned
Update (7.12): with the launch of the smartphone on the market the problem was fixed. Instagram and other apps you can install.
Dual main camera module contains sensors 16 and 5 MP. Video writes with a resolution of up to 4K at 30 fps. the Front facing camera boasts a sensor of 5 MP and flash.
The example photo on the main camera
The example photo on the front camera
In both cases, the picture quality is satisfactory. The test photos in low light situations has grown considerably in quality, but in General, «Yandex.Phone» for the title of camera phone definitely does not apply. But the picture quality may change in the future with the coming updates.
In addition to the above features of «Yandex.Phone» boast NFC and built-in DAC-Ohm Qualcomm Aqstic. For fans of wireless audio module provides Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX support for HD.
The battery capacity is 3050 mAh. Not without fast charging Quick Charge 3.0. Compatible charger at 12 watts is already in the kit.
6 Dec in «Shop and» Museum «Yandex» will start sales of «Yandex.Phone» at a price of 17 990 rubles.
On 7 December the sale will go to online stores and partners: «Take», «Beeline», «Eldorado» and «M. Video». Brand covers made of silicone and textiles promises a day of sales.
It is obvious that «Yandex.Phone» not trying to be a killer flagship, as Pocophone. However, this worthy representative of the middle segment with NFC, Type-C, DAC-St and a special soft — what’s missing from Chinese competitors.
The last point is a key feature of the device that needs to evolve through software updates. The current set of features in the form of «Alice», caller ID numbers and clues, of course, cool, but I want something more. Or you can just reduce the price to 15 million, but not going to guess, and look at the results of the first sales.
I hope that «Yandex.Phone» goes well in the future we will see a competitor Pixel.
Here’s our video review: