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Kyocera Echo Launches on Sprint April 17th

by Sean P. Aune | March 15, 2011March 15, 2011 10:45 am PST

Kyocera EchoThe Kyocera Echo will be launching April 17th on Sprint for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

Introduced last month at an event in New York City, the Kyocera Echo is a dual-screen Android phone that features two 3.5-inch LCD WVGA displays.  The new phone will allow you to run one app in the closed setting, two apps in separate windows when you open it or have the two screens work in conjunction to form a 4.7-inch diagonal screen.  (albeit with a hinge going through the middle)

Preorders begin on  March 26th at Sprint.com/echo.

Kyocera Echo 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
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor (QSD 8650 Android)
  • Dimensions: 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm, Weight: 193g (6.8 oz.)
  • Removable 1370mAh battery; includes spare battery (1370 mAh) with portable charger that can also tether to the phone as an external power supply
  • Memory: 1GB/512MB; 8GB microSD included
  • Expandable memory: 8GB microSD card included; supports cards up to 32GB
  • Digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS
  • Wi-Fi hotspot capability (supports up to 5 devices)
  • Media player with 3.5mm stereo headset jack
  • Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 5MP camera with flash, autofocus and 2x digital zoom and 720p HD camcorder
  • High-quality video streaming and downloads at 3G speeds
  • VueQue, a pre-loaded app that lets users watch a YouTube video in one display, while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other
  • Google mobile services including Google Search, Google Maps, Google Talk instant message, Gmail, YouTube and synchronization with Google Calendar
  • Full HTML Web browser with Google search, optimized for dual-screen experience
  • Sprint Zone one-stop wireless account access, phone tips, news and more
  • Access to Telenav GPS Navigator and Sprint TV & Movies
  • Corporate (MS Exchange ActiveSync) and personal (POP & IMAP) email access
  • Messaging – personal and business email, Google Talk instant message and text messaging
  • Network – 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A) – peak download speeds of 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds 600 kbps – 1.4 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi: (802.11 b/g)

What do you think? Would you pick up a Kyocera Echo? Do you have any interest in a dual-screen phone?


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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