Get Ready to "Dual" with Kyocera's Two-Screen Echo Smartphone

Paul Lilly

Anyone who's ever upgraded their desktop configuration to a multi-display setup inevitably ends up wondering how in the world they ever got by with but a single monitor. Well, we're about to find out if that same concept applies to smartphones, which are essentially little handheld computers that we jam into our pockets.

We're talking about the dual-touchscreen Kyocera Echo landing at Sprint on April 17, 2011. According to Sprint, it's the first and only dual-screen smartphone in the world.

"Continuing to set the bar high in Android innovation, Sprint is thrilled to bring this industry-first device to the market," said Fared Adib , vice president Product, Sprint. "Kyocera Echo’s unique dual-screen, Simul-tasking capabilities allow customers to do things they have never before done on a wireless handset. We believe customers will really appreciate and leverage the dual-screen capabilities and are excited to partner with Kyocera to bring this innovation to Sprint customers."

The Android-based Kyocera Echo sports a pair of 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by a three-dimensional "pivot hinge" that allows each one to operate independently, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, 5MP camera, 720p video recording, Bluetooth, 1GB of onboard memory, and an 8GB memory card.

The Kyrocera Echo will sell for $200 with a new two-year service agreement. Sprint will accept preorders beginning March 26th.

Image Credit: Kyocera

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