Sprint and David Blaine announce the new Kyocera Echo
Sprint has been hard at work bringing “firsts” to its customers. First to 4G, first with a truly unlimited service plan and now first with a dual screen Android based smart phone from Kyocera. Today in a much anticipated event David Blaine was commissioned to show off some of his magical hi-jinks to introduce the world to the first dual screen smart phone. Kyocera is the manufacturer of the new Sprint Echo and it promises a lot, but is a dual screen smart phone ready for prime time? Or better yet are we ready for dual screen smart phones?
Sprints new Echo will run Android 2.2 or Froyo and be powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon QSD 8650 processor. The Echo rocks two 3.5 inch LCD WVGA that come in at 800 x 480 pixels. When the phone is opened the screen then becomes a 4.7 inch (measured diagonally) screen with a resolution of 800 x 960. A 5 mega pixel camera with flash and 720p video recording capabilities can be found on the Echo for taking your video and picture taking needs. Other standards include Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi capabilities and EVDO Rev. The Kyocera Echo measures in at 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm and weighs in at 6.8 oz, as a point of comparison on the HTC EVO weighs 6.1 oz’s. Unfortunately the new Echo is not a 4G device nor does it have a front facing camera. Under a new two year agreement with Sprint you can expect this dual screen monster to run you about $199.99. With this new Echo you now have the ability to literally multitask; Sprint is calling it simul-task. This essentially meaning not only can you multitask in the sense that you can start one “project” then go to another and back again, Simul-task means you don’t have to go back and forth; you can use them at the exact same time….amazing.
I can only begin to imagine the implications this device will have on our meager human existence should the Echo take off, however, until then tell us what you think of the Echo. Are two screens one too many? Personally I see dual screen smart phones in the future…just a bit further down the road. Guess someone has to take the leap. The Echo does show some promise at being very unique and should developers jump on this devices unique ability we should see some very interesting things come around for this dual screen legend. Tell us what you think of the dual screen Kyocera Echo in the comments.Dual screens, Android 2.2, Kyocera, Sprint