Sprint starts taking pre-orders for the dual-touchscreen Android-powered Kyocera Echo
Sprint’s Kyocera Echo is the world’s first dual-touchscreen Android smartphone. Whether or not that alone will make it a best-seller is unclear at the moment, but Sprint seems to really be proud of this device. As we found out before, the Echo will become available on April 17. However, if you just can’t wait until then, Sprint is now happy to take your pre-order for the Echo.
The Echo will cost you $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and, obviously, with a new two-year service agreement. To ensure you get yours on launch day, head over here at Sprint and ‘reserve’ it – that’s the word Sprint likes to use to describe pre-orders.
Recently, Kyocera has released a developer kit for making full use of all the possibilities that the device’s two screens create, so perhaps developers are hard at work as we speak to optimize their apps for the first dual-touchscreen handset. Even so, it’s clear that only a fraction of the apps found in the Android Market will ever be optimized, so this phone may just remain the king of its own niche and not ever become a mainstream sensation. With odd choices such as going with Android 2.2 Froyo instead of the current 2.3 Gingerbread (and presumably updates will come even slower than they usually do from Android phone manufacturers, since the dual-screens require more work for software porting), that’s pretty much clear unfortunately.
Still, if you’d like to brag to your friends about having the first (and, as of yet, only) dual-touchscreen Android device, you’ve surely pre-ordered the Echo by the time you reached this paragraph.