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Yandex gets in the smartphone game

The Google of Russia is a fairly apt description, as far as those things go. Yandex has its hand in just about everything internet in its native Russia. Recently additions include a Prime-style service, a smart speaker and, yes, self-driving cars. So it was really only a matter of time before the company unleashed a smartphone on the world.
The internet giants first handset is called rather uninspiredly the Yandex.Phone. At least you know what youre getting. Designwise, the handset also looks like a fairly bog standard middling Android handset.
The most interesting bits here are are, naturally, the inclusion of Yandexs own software. The company says its the first to integrate its app ecosystem out of the box. That list includes Alice, the Alexa-style smart assistant it introduced in October of last year.
Yandex gets in the smartphone game

The spec arent much to write home about. Theres a 5.65 display and a pair of cameras on either inside. Inside, its got a Snapdragon 630 inside, coupled with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Oh, and theres a headphone jack on-board, as well.
The price is certainly right, at 17,990 rubles ($270). It will be on sale tomorrow at the companys flagship Moscow store, with wider availability starting the following day. As far as availability goes here in the States, I wouldnt hold my breath.
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