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Kyocera launches first dual-display Android smartphone on Sprint

As was being anticipated yesterday, Kyocera unveiled its second Android device for Sprint. Dubbed as Echo, it bears a strange dual-screen display.

Apart from the not so common dual 3.5 inch displays, Kyocera Echo features a 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2, 5-megapixel camera and 1GB internal memory. Kyocera Echo sales will start this spring for $199.99 to consumers who sign a 2-year contract with Sprint.

The smartphone will also come with a spare battery and charger in the box, so that the battery drain issues due to dual screen does not frustrate you. Kyocera Echo also includes customized apps optimized for the dual-screen Optimized Mode experience including VueQue(TM), which lets users watch a YouTube video on one display while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other display.

Other dual screen optimized apps include the following:

  • Messaging and e-mail: Users can turn the device horizontally and use the top display to view the e-mail/message application while using the lower display as a full-sized virtual keyboard.
  • Browser: Takes the browser experience of a standard 3.5-inch smartphone and enhances it, allowing users to view two websites simultaneously.
  • Gallery: Users can scroll through thumbnail images on one screen while viewing an enlarged image on the other.
  • Contacts/phone: Users can view more of the phone’s contact directory or an expanded virtual dial pad.

Kyocera Echo Full Specifications:

  • Android 2.2
  • 5-megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and digital zoom
  • 720p HD camcorder
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Wi-Fi with hot-spot feature
  • Exchange ActiveSynce, POP & IMAP e-mail
  • Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 (+ EDR)
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 1GB internal memory
  • MicroSD slot with 8GB microSD pre-packaged
  • 1340 mAh spare battery

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