Kyocera Echo Dual Screen Smart-Phone Now Available on Sprint


Kyocera Echo – the world’s first Android based dual-screen smart phone is now available on Sprint. Its dual-screen system helps unlock Android’s multi-tasking potential to the fullest and it is also expected to drastically alter the internet browsing experience on Android-based devices.

In all single screen smart phones, users must constantly shuffle between web browsing and other internet related applications like e-mail and chat clients. This is both time-consuming and cumbersome. With its dual-screen technology, the Kyocera Echo faces no such problem; users can actually browse the internet on one screen while working with an internet related application on the other making the Echo a very powerful multi-tasking tool.

The dual-screen Echo features two screens of 3.5 inches each with a WVGA resolution. When the two screens are combined, the viewable area increases to 4.7 inches with a screen resolution of 800 x 960 giving the Echo one of the best digital displays among all Android-based devices.

The Kyocera Echo gives users complete flexibility in utilizing the power of its dual-screen technology. Users can choose from a number of preset screen modes depending on their requirements. The various screen modes are explained below.

Single Screen Mode

This is the standard smart phone display mode which utilizes only one screen while the second screen is inactive. This mode is meant for stand-alone apps and for calling purposes.

Simul-Task™ Mode

The Simul-Task mode is used specifically when any two of the various inbuilt applications (messaging, e-mail, Web browsing, phone, gallery, contacts and VueQue™) are running at the same time but are totally independent of each other.

Optimized Mode

The Optimized mode involves both screens concurrently supporting different functions of the same application. Examples include using a touch screen keyboard on the second screen while composing an e-mail on the first and checking your Facebook home page on the first screen while accessing your Facebook message inbox on the second screen.

Tablet Mode

As the name suggests, the Tablet mode combines both screens to give the user a tablet-like high-definition visual experience spread across the entire 4.7 inch display area. The Tablet mode is good for watching movies, music-videos, maps, and long documents.

The Kyocera Echo will be available on Sprint from spring and will retail for $200 after accounting for a $100 rebate borne by the company for those customers who sign a two year service agreement with Sprint. The Echo is based on the Android 2.2 mobile Os and is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor. It comes with a 5 MP digital camera with 720p full HD recording. Kyocera’s Echo also contains Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, proximity sensor, digital compass, and light sensor.

Users who choose to buy the Kyocera Echo on Sprint will receive two 1370 mAh batteries with a spare portable battery charger. The portable battery charger can actually use a charged spare battery as a power source for charging the phone.

Sprint seems to have pulled a fast one over its competitors with the forthcoming release of the Kyocera Echo on its wireless network. The dual-screen smart phone is the first of its kind and should do well though its final success will depend on Sprint’s ability to leverage its dual-screen platform and develop custom applications which will enhance user experience.

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