The Kyocera Echo, The First Dual-Touchscreen Android Smartphone
Feb 8, 2011 1:38 PM –
Kyocera Echo. Android technology has just taken a leap forward in it’s capability with the introduction of Kyocera’s newest Android smartphone, the Echo, exclusive to Sprint. This new device sports two 3.5 inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by a “pivot hinge” that allows the phone to operate in four different modes:
Single Screen Mode:
Operates just like any other Android smartphone with a single display. Utilize any app of your choosing from the Android Market on the 3.5 inch high resolution screen up front.
Use any of the Echo’s seven core apps (including VueQue™) on either display at the same time. For example, reading an email on one display while watching a video on the other.
Using both screens to display a customized app specifically for the Echo that utilizes and enhances the experience such as viewing a image on one screen while browsing the thumbnails of the gallery on the other. This also includes VueQue™, which allows a user to watch a YouTube video on one screen while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other display.
Use both screens together to form a single 4.7 inch display that would be ideal for multimedia, maps, websites, etc.
The Kyocera Echo specs:
- Pre-installed with Android 2.2 (Froyo)
- 3G (EVDO Rev. A) network with Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
- Hotspot capability, support up to five decies
- 5MP camera w/ flash, autofocus, digital zoom
- Stereo Bluetooth 2.1
- 1GHZ Snapdragon processor
- 720p HD camcorder
- 1GB of onboard memory, 8GB microSD card included (support up to 32GB)
- 1370 mAh spare battery included w/ charging cradle that allows the spare battery to be tethered as an external power supply
Pre-registration for the Echo is available now at www.sprint.com/echo. See the phone in action at www.echobykyocera.com. Kyocera Echo will be available this spring for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
If you’re looking to take advantage of developing applications with the dual-touchscreen platform, Sprint has launched a Software Developer Kit and guide on their website. To learn more about the Sprint Application Developer Program, visit their site at http://developer.sprint.com/
Source: Business Wire