Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Kyocera Echo Selling in April

April 17th marks the date that the Kyocera Echo goes on sale (online). The Echo is an intriguing device because it sports two screens, which makes it unique in design, and quite different from the typical smartphones which are currently on the market. Both screens for the Echo measure 3.5 inches, and the extra screen can be used for many things. For example, the screen can be used to look at pics and video, while information is accessed on screen 1. Or, the second screen can be used as a virtual keyboard; having two screens on a smartphone can really come in handy.

The Kyocera Echo will be running on a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. The phone is pretty standard if you ignore the fact that it has two screens. It includes a 5 MP cam with flash, zoom, and autofocus, which allows for 720p HD videorecording. It comes with only 1 gig of memory, which might be an issue for some folks, but the microSD allows for up to 8 additional gigs. Extras include a proximity sensor, accelerometer, GPS, a light sensor, and a digital compass.

One major potential issue with the Echo is that battery life will probably fare poorly due to the two screens sucking up energy. The phone will come with a second battery, but that just indicates the company’s own anxieties about the smartphone’s battery. However, the phone has multiple modes, one of which allows you to conserve energy by using only one screen (Single Screen mode). Another mode is Simul-Task, which allows for running dual apps. The third mode is Optimized Mode, which cleverly works with both screens. For example, if you are opening an email, the display will be on the top screen and a keyboard will be on bottom.

What are your thoughts on the Kyocera Echo? Will you be buying one, or do you feel nervous about the battery life?

Kyocera Echo Smartphone from Sprint : Sprint and Kyocera introduced the first dual-touchscreen Android Smartphone, Kyocera Echo from Sprint. The Kyocera Echo is new Android Smartphone that features two 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by a patent-pending "pivot hinge" that enables the two displays to operate independently, side-by-side or combined to form an oversized 4.7-inch (diagonally) integrated colour display. Until now, a single screen Smartphone could only be used to complete one task at a time, even with limited multitasking capabilities available on some Smartphones.
Kyocera Echo

Kyocera Echo
The Kyocera Echo second screen provides the ability to do two things at the same time - send an e-mail on one screen while surfing the internet on the other screen, watch a video on one screen while texting on the other, comparison shop online with one internet site on each screen and much more. In its closed position, Kyocera Echo handset is a pocket-friendly, single-display smartphone. When opened, Kyocera Echo Smartphone reveals a revolutionary new platform for wireless multitasking and gives users new level of versatility in Android.


Kyocera Echo Features
• Sprint's 3G network and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
• Wi-Fi hotspot capability, supports 5 wireless connections
• 5 Megapixel auto-focus camera with flash and digital zoom
• 720p HD camcorder function
• Corporate and personal (POP & IMAP) e-mail
• Instant Messenger, Google Talk and text messaging
• Digital Multimedia player
• 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
• Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 (+ EDR)
• HTML internet browser with Google Search
• 1 GHz Snapdragon processor (QSD 8650 Android)
• 1 GB onboard memory / 8GB microSD for card slot
• Voice and text prompts in both English and Spanish


Kyocera Echo Smartphone
"Sprint is proud to launch the most powerful Android Smartphone available today and the new Kyocera Echo Smartphone adds to that legacy with industry-leading technology that will change the way our customers use their Smartphones," said Dan Hesse, CEO at Sprint. "Today's busy schedules often demand that we do at least two things at once. The Kyocera Echo is the first Smartphone that allows us to do a different task on each of two screens while also providing a tablet-like, larger screen experience that easily fits in a pocket when closed."

Kyocera Echo Smartphone

Kyocera Echo charging cradle
The new Kyocera Echo Android Smartphone comes packaged with a spare battery (1370 mAh) and a low-profile charging cradle. Along with charging the spare battery independently of the Kyocera Echo mobile phone, the charging cradle also can tether the spare to Kyocera Echo Smartphone as an external power supply.

Kyocera Echo Android Smartphone

Kyocera Echo Android Smartphone
The Kyocera Echo Smartphone supports Google features including Google Maps, Google Talk, Gmail, Synchronization with Google Calendar, and access to Google Goggles to search with pictures instead of words. With Sprint, Kyocera Echo Smartphone users have access to Sprint Zone, providing one-stop wireless account access, phone tips, news, a list of top apps plus TeleNav GPS Navigator, Sprint TV and Movies and many more.

Kyocera Echo

Kyocera Echo Software Development Kit
A Software Development Kit (SDK) and developer guide for the Kyocera Echo Smartphone will be available before the launch on the Sprint Application Developer Program (ADP) internet website. The developer guide will provide details on developing for a dual-screen Android 2.2 Smartphone. It also will provide information on how to take advantage of Kyocera Echo's unique hardware and software capabilities on the Sprint Network. The Sprint ADP has been providing tools for third-party developers since Sprint first launched the Wireless Web on its cell phones in 2001.

Kyocera Smartphone

Kyocera Echo price
The Kyocera Echo Smartphone will be available this spring for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement or eligible upgrade and after a $100 mail-in rebate in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web and Telesales. An optional charge of just $29.99 per month turns on Kyocera Echo's mobile hotspot feature, connecting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, gaming devices and digital cameras, at 3G speeds anywhere on the Sprint 3G network (All pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).

Kyocera Echo review

Kyocera Echo review availability
As soon as we receive a Kyocera Echo test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Kyocera Echo review.

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