Sprint’s Kyocera Echo is a unique Android-powered smartphone that has not one, but two touchscreens. As you can imagine, they can be used either together as a giant screen, or separately with one acting as a keyboard, or simply displaying different information on each. All in all an interesting effort, even if it’s probably doomed to stay forever a niche device.
Or it was, being priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract since it launched. Now sure, that’s pretty much the standard price for a high-end smartphone these days, but it clearly didn’t make many mainstream consumers choose this handset over others sporting more traditional form factors.
That may be why Sprint has decided to cut the Echo’s price in half, all the way down to $99.99. Of course, that still requires you to sign a two-year service agreement with the carrier, but nevertheless it may make the Echo more interesting for average consumers. Although don’t expect new operating system versions to make their way to the Echo very quickly, since there are many hardware-related optimizations to be made there.
Anyway, if the dual-touchscreen Echo interests you, just go to Sprint and order one.
The Kyocera Echo has a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor, 1 GB of ROM and 512 MB of RAM, dual-3.5-inch capacitive touchscreens both with 800×480 resolution, and a 5 MP camera. The Kyocera Echo runs Android 2.2 Froyo.
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