Russia’s Yandex launches its first Android phone

Russian search behemoth Yandex launched its first phone yesterday. The unimaginatively named Yandex.Phone runs Android and is designed around the company’s own apps, including a custom launcher.

The phone also supports the search company’s own Russian AI assistant, Alice. instead of Google Assistant; Available on Android, iOS, and, Windows, Alice can assist users with maps, weather, music, calendar, and voice calls.

Under the hood, the device features run-of-the-mill specifications for a mid-range phone:

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