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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dual Screen Phone Gets Release Date


Kyocera’s Echo, an Android 2.2, dual screen phone finally gets it’s release date.

Kyocera and Sprint will release the phone April 17th. It will retail for $199 with a new 2 year contract, and you can start pre-ordering  from Sprint on March 26th.

The Echo looks pretty interesting, some folks got a chance to  play with it when it was announced in January, most responses seemed positive. Although this might not be an Evo or iPhone ‘killer’ at least its something new. I think Kyocera should be applauded for taking this risk on a new form factor, as silly and useless as it may seem.

According to the Echo website, the phone has two 3.5 inch WVGA screens it can be used in four modes

  • Single-Screen Mode: Like any other ‘normal’ phone.
  • Stimul-Task Mode: Runs two apps at the same time, one on each screen.
  • Optimized Mode: Lets the screens compliment each other e.g an email on one and a full keyboard on the other.
  • Tablet Mode-Both screens act as one which gives you 4.7 inches at 800 x 960 resolution.

Along with that the phone has a 5 MP camera with flash and is capable of 720p video recording, no mention of a front facing camera though. Kind of odd since this phone is doubling upon the screens and all.

Check the link for a preview from the people at Phone Scoop.

Link: Hands-On: Kyocera Echo

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