Monday, February 7, 2011
The Kyocera Echo is a Sprint device that features a very unique hinge design, allowing one screen to fold down over the other to form a traditional slate form-factor, or fold open to create a unified, tablet style device. The folding hinge is hard to describe, so take a look at Kyocera's press video:
The device features two 3.5" screens, a single-core 1GHz processor, 5MP camera, and runs on Sprint's 3G network. It does not include Sprint's much touted 4G connectivity. It is powered by Android 2.2, Froyo with Kyocera's custom apps to utilize the dual screens. Only the special Kyocera modified apps will be able to fully utilize the multi-tasking, dual screen features.
The Echo will arrive on Sprint this spring for $199 on contract. For more coverage, be sure to check out Engadget's hands-on photos and videos.
already eclipsed by more powerful phones arriving this year. And I honestly can't picture a first-time smartphone buyer choosing this over the Evo or Epic.
Let's be honest, first-time smartphone buyers are likely going to want something that looks like the iPhone, since that's what they've seen advertised. And they'll want 4G, since they've also seen that heavily advertised. So in the Sprint store, with this on the shelf next to the Evo, I really think every single potential customer will pick the Evo over this. It's just a little too out there (and let's be honest, ugly) to really appeal to anyone. I'm sure they'll sell a few, but it ultimately I think it's just a head-scratcher of a device.