Kyocera Communications recently announced the world’s first dual-touchscreen Android smartphone, the Kyocera Echo. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 operating system and it will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. Kyocera Echo features two high-resolution 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by the pivot hingefeature, that enables the two displays to operate independently.
For years Kyocera has provided handsets to Sprint’s Prepaid Group and MVNOs, as well as to Sprint under the Sanyo brand,said Eiichi Toriyama, president of Kyocera Communications Inc. We value greatly our relationship with Sprint and we are thrilled that they have chosen Echo as the standout product with which to reintroduce its customers to the Kyocera brand. With Kyocera Echo, we are proud to give Sprint an iconic, industry-changing device that delivers an entirely new experience for smartphone users.
Kyocera Echo features a dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 4.7 inches diagonally and 800 x 960 pixels resolution when opened, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and 2x digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording and more.
Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS, 1GB memory, 8GB microSD card included, 32GB expandable memory, Full HTML Web browser optimized for dual-screen experience, GPS, Wi-Fi hotspot capability and a 1370 mAh battery.
Kyocera Echo comes with the VueQue app, which allows you to watch a YouTube video in one display, while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other. This handset measures 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm and weighs 193g. Kyocera Echo comes with a price tag of $199.99 after a $100 mail rebate and a two years service agreement. This handset will be available for purchase from this spring.