Sprint Kyocera Echo Launching Next Month for $200
Waiting for Sprint’s dual-screen Android beast, the Kyocera Echo, to finally come out? Well listen up as that wait looks to soon be over. Sprint and Kyocera has finally today taken the wraps off the final two missing details of this unique phone– the price and release date. Starting in just about a month, April 17th, you’ll be able to go and pick up the Echo for yourself for $199.99 with new 2 year contract and a data plan.
For those who don’t know, the Echo is the first smartphone to feature 2 (yes, 2!) screens– both at 3.5 inches (or the size of the iPhone’s screen). This extra screen allows you to do a whole lot more with your phone than you normally would do on a traditional one screen phone such as view Facebook on one screen and ESPN on another at the same time, or view a text in the top screen and use the whole bottom screen as a keyboard to reply. On top of this eye-catching design (and trust us, this will catch your friend’s attention), the Echo packs all your other standard smartphone features such as:
- 1 GHZ Snapdragon processor— For speed.
- 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– though how many of these optimized apps will be available at launch we don’t yet know).
- 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.
And for our full thoughts on the Echo, make sure to check out our first look from last month’s launch event.