Kyocera and Sprint just released the Echo this week. The Kyocera Echo is unlike any other device around, and it’s truly innovative.
Here are some of specs:
- Dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive touchscreens (4.7 inches diagonally and 800 x 960 pixels when opened)
- Android 2.2 — Froyo
- 1GHz Snapdragon QSD 8650
- 5 megapixel camera with flash
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- EVDO Rev. A
- 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm
- 193 grams (6.8 oz.)
The device has a 4.7″ surface area when the phone is fully opened. The device opens up to reveal another display, and you can flip the top display up a little bit to sit on an angle, just like a Nintendo DS.
With 2 screens and the ability to run full apps simultaneous in Simul-task mode, multitasking has entered a new realm. Having the web browser open on the top display while you’re watching a video or browsing photos on the lower display is such a natural action for those of us that are on the move and multitask in our everyday lives. In apps like email, you can use one display to navigate and select a specific email message and the other display to read it, much like a tablet email app.
Sprint says that there will be a third-party API that developers can utilize to support both displays on the Echo. They also said that the Kyocera Echo will come with not only an extra battery but an external battery charger in the box for free. The Echo should be available this Spring for $199.