Sprint Unveils the Kyocera Echo, the Worlds First Dual Screen Phone
Sprint’s said their event tonight would be a first for the wireless industry, and boy was it. Tonight Sprint and Kyocera introduced a pretty incredible looking phone, the Echo. And why is this incredible you ask? For one, it’s the first smartphone with DUAL 3.5 inch screens— that’s TWO screens the size of the iPhones screen in one phone! Yeah, wow is right.
Even more remarkable is what you can do with these two screens. Featuring a revolutionary Pivot-Hinge there are 4 different ways to view and use the Echo: Single-screen mode— Just one 3.5 inch screen visible with the second one hidden behind it using the Echo’s Pivot Hinge (see below for pic); Optimized mode– using specially optimized apps such as updated versions of Email, Browser, Messaging and VueQue (an optimized version of YouTube that lets you play the video on one screen while browsing and queuing and loading up other videos on the bottom to play right when your current video ends) apps you can use both screens when open to their fullest advantage such as having two browser windows open one on top of the other or having a text or email open on the top screen and the keyboard on the bottom (meaning you have a keyboard that’s the size of an iPod touch or iPhone screen!); Simul-task mode— Having one of those above apps open on the top screen and a second one on the bottom (as in having a text message open on top and a GameCast from ESPN or a YouTube video in the VueQue app on the bottom. This is ultimate multi-tasking.); and a Tablet mode— having any Android app take up the entire 4.7 inches available when both screens are open side by side (basically, this turns the Echo’s two screens into a giant 4.7 inch phone. This is also what will happen when both screens are open and your running any app not optimized for the Echo’s dual screen). You can even go into a sort-of “laptop mode” where you tilt the top screen up as if it were a laptop. Yeah, this is pretty sick.
Other specs on the phone include:
- 1 GHZ Snapdragon processor— Those two screens need some serious power right?
- Android 2.2— With full access to the over 100,000 apps in the Android Market (though apps need to be specially designed to take use of both screens. Sprint and Kyocera will make available the code for developers to make their own Echo optimized apps).
- 1 GB of memory built-in with additional 8 GB included on microSD card
- 5 megapixel camera with flash and 720p HD video recording
- 3G, GPS and WiFi— With the ability to use this as a WiFi hotspot for up to 5 devices. Yes, sadly there is no 4G in here.
Even without 4G we must say the Echo still looks pretty sick and we’re sure it will definitely interest those who want something extremely different and cool and don’t necessarily need the fastest network. Sprint said we can expect the Echo sometime this Spring for $199 with new 2 year contract and that it will ship with an additional backup battery and backup battery charger (though don’t worry, Sprint also said that the Echo’s battery is “on par” with that of other top smartphones today, so think of this as a way to make sure you get through the day).
We’ll have more on the Echo coming up (including a first look of this sick new phone), so stay tuned. In the meantime, for more on the Echo see Sprint’s site here.