Kyocera Communications and Sprint on Monday today unveiled a new dual-screen Android smartphone called "Echo." When closed, Echo looks like a regular touchphone, but when opened, its two 3.5-inch touchscreens can be used to run two full screen applications simultaneously, one on each screen.
Sprint is calling this "Simultasking," since it's a task that has heretofore not been done on Android phones. Echo can also be used in "tablet mode" and have a single app blown up to 4.7-inch to take up the combined screen real estate, or apps can be optimized to use each screen individually. In "optimized mode," the Echo looks quite a bit like a Nintendo DS, dividing an app's functionality into two useful parts.
Echo has a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor with 512MB RAM, running Android 2.2. It also has 5-device Wi-FI hotspot functionality, 1GB of built in storage and support for microSD cards up to 32GB, a 5 Megapixel camera, and, of course, two 3.5" WVGA capacitive touchscreens.
Sprint will be selling the Echo in the Spring for $199 with a two-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate, making this Kyocera's first flagship Android smartphone.
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