Today’s tech news: Russian search engine Yandex unveils first Smartphone

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Russian search engine giant Yandex on Wednesday launched its first ever Smartphone. Finally after several weeks of suspense for tech fans over the highly anticipated launch.

The new Smartphone, named as Yandex. Phone, which will go on sale on Thursday in Russia and also online. And the price will 17,990 RUB ($269) and will work with the Android system. While the design was created by Yandex, but the phone is made in China only.

Yandex has various types of apps for example payment, music, maps, taxi and food are pre-installed on the phone. And also use a smart speaker called Alice, which is similar to Amazon’s Alexa.

Yandex official Fyodor Yezhov said in a press release. “We built Yandex. Phone to offer Russian users a Smartphone that is equipped with all the localized tools that help users better navigate their daily routines.” “Within the Smartphone, the Yandex apps are presented in the form of an ecosystem with Alice at its centre. It’s not necessary to open individual apps to solve a task – just ask Alice.”

The phone indicate a major new phase in Yandex’s development and also designed to rival giants like Apple, Samsung, and Huawei.

The Smartphone’s launch comes after the company last month disappointed tech enthusiasts by summoning journalists to what turned out to a presentation not of the Smartphone but of its smart speaker. The Yandex Smartphone is not the first to be developed by a Russian company.

In 2013 the YotaPhone, designed in Russia but  which is also made in China. And launched with the gimmick of having screens on both sides. But it failed to set the market alight.

specifications of Yandex Smartphone phone:

  • Screen: 5.65-inch FullHD+ LCD
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
  • Rear camera: 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel
  • Front camera: 5-megapixel
  • RAM: 4GB and Internal memory: 64GB
  • Battery: 3,050 mAh
  • Software: Android Oreo 8.1 with Yandex launcher.