Kyocera Echo: Specs, Release Date and Price Goes Official

Posted on 08 February 2011 by author

You think dual-screen technology only deserves a proper treatment for tablets? Think again! As of today, Sprint finally unleashes its first flagship dual-screen smartphone called as the Kyocera Echo and frankly speaking, despite of the critiques saying the design is “ugly”, I say it’s the exact opposite!

Coming fresh from the recently finished Sprint presentation with the famous “street magician” David Blaine, they have revealed the Kyocera Echo packing with an interesting specifications. So first stop is its dual-screen display. Like the company said, these screens can act independently with one another and not like the case where the second screen will be just for auxiliary purposes (e.g: keyboard, navigation, etc). Each of its sizes will be 3.5-inch (480 x 800 resolution) under a capacitive touchscreen display whereas you can fold them and have a 4.7-inch 960 x 800 full screen size.

These screens are being connected by a black metal hinge “liquid-metal” in which it’s a patented technology by Kyocera enabling users to easily transform this device as a smartphone or a mini tablet.

As for its specifications, it will be using a second-generation 1GHz Snapdragon type of processor (too bad it’s not dual-core) whereas it’s running Android 2.2 (Froyo) which is quite cool because we haven’t seen that platform running on a dual screen device before. Currently, there are only seven core applications you can use simultaneous with Kyocera Echo. E.g: Browsing Facebook and watching Youtube. Like I said, these apps need some heavy customization because they aren’t oriented to run on a dual-screen gadget before, but I am starting to like what I am seeing here. Let me show you what I mean!

The big caveat here is this, eventhough Kyocera offers a unique “simultasking” experience, the fact of the matter is, these apps just go into a state of hibernation when you want to try and use them. Meaning, you can’t watch youtube then create a “wall message” to your friends, instead, the video will paused when you try writing then go on its previous mode when you are finished.

Going back to its specifications, it won’t have a front-facing camera and just a 5MP rear facing cam with 720p video playback and support. And so far, its current network can only use WiFi / 3G sans the WiMax capability.

While it appears its software and other subtle features are a bit half-baked, its price looks affordable landing at 199 USD after a $100 mail-in-rebate under Sprint carrier, considering it has a dual-screen setup which is normally conceived as “costly”. Expect Kyocera Echo to launch on its release date this Spring.


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