It’s a big day for Sprint today, as the carrier has just announced what seems to be the world’s first dual-touchscreen Android smartphone: the Kyocera Echo.
The Echo runs Android 2.2 (it’s beyond me why they didn’t put Android 2.3 on it) and comes with two 3.5 inch WVGA touchscreen displays.
Thanks to a patent-pending “pivot hinge”, the displays can “operate independently, side-by-side or combined to form an oversized 4.7-inch (diagonally) integrated display.” This lets you transform the Echo into a tablet-like device – in fact, the handset has a “Tablet Mode”, which enables you to use one application (like browser or maps) spread across both screens.
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Wi-Fi hotspot capability
- 5MP autofocus camera with 720p HD camcorder
- 512MB RAM
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 8GB microSD card included
- 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm, 193 grams (quite heavy, eh?)
Sadly, the Kyocera Echo is not a 4G WiMax smartphone. Sprint says that it will be available “this spring” for $199.99 on contract, after a $100 mail-in rebate. You can pre-register for more info here at the carrier’s website.
Via Press release
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