Kyocera Echo announced for Sprint

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Feb 8, 2011
  1. stab244
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    Sprint promised us an "industry first" at its event today, and it certainly delivered: check out the Kyocera Echo, the first dual-screen Android phone. That's right, dual-screen -- that's two 3.5-inch 480 x 800 displays which can be unfolded and used as a single 4.7-inch 960 x 800 surface. The screens are connected by a slick sliding liquid-metal hinge that Kyocera's filed several patents on -- the phone can be closed and used like a regular single-screen phone, unfolded all the way, or propped up into the faux-laptop configuration shown above. Under the hood there's a 1GHz second-gen Snapdragon running Android 2.2 -- we'll forgive the older software because Kyocera had to do extensive customization to add dual-screen support to seven core apps like the browser, email, and messaging. The seven optimized apps can be run on each screen individually so you can have the browser up top and email below, and several of them include useful full-dual-screen views as well. There's also a new dual-screen app manager, which is brought up by tapping the two screens simultaneously. Unfortunately, third party apps can't be run in any of the new modes and just fill the entire display for now -- Kyocera and Sprint say an SDK is coming shortly.[/p]

    * Dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive touchscreens (4.7 inches diagonally and 800 x 960 pixels when opened)
    * Android 2.2 — Froyo
    * 1GHz Snapdragon QSD 8650
    * 5 megapixel camera with flash
    * Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    * Wi-Fi
    * EVDO Rev. A
    * 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm
    * 193 grams (6.8 oz.)
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    Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/07/sprints...nnounced-we-go/
     


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    I see a new phone port of Phoenix Wright DS in my future [​IMG].
     
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    It looks like a ds in a way.
     
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    I was waiting for the right phone before buying. This may be the one.
     
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    Makes me think of one of those things women use for making up.
     
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    Personally, I think it looks stupid lol
     
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    I love it, could it emulate or could you buy DS games for it?
     
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    this actually looks cool [​IMG]

    i want one!
     
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    I really would buy this if it could play DS games... can Nintendo do that? would they?
    This and a 3DS [​IMG]
     
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    ... a mirror...?
     
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    hmm... Is there a android ds emulator?

    So now we got the psp phone and a some what ds phone...
     
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    Honestly, I don't see the point. I mean, it's really cool and stuff, but I don't see myself in need of having a phone with more than one screen. Even with smartphones running Android or iOS. And OK, so I can look at Facebook, and see my friend's photos on the bottom screen. So what? Honestly not too interested in this one.
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    its nice but it doesnt have a gamepad so i dont think gaming will be tht good
     
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    for me it's like one big and foldable screen, you can even open it at 180°. Plus one screen can be used as a keyboard or could be used for the "gaming buttons" instead of blocking the main screen with your fingers.

    There are pics and videos on the source. [​IMG]
     
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    Yes Its so awesome.
    God I love this phone. It has about as much power as my Playstation 4.
     
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    Have no intention of getting that at all, but still disappointing that the 2 screen has a gap...
     
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    Me either. I don't give it long before it fades away.
     
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    Technically it's not the first Dual-screened phone. Plenty of old phones had a front screen and a main screen before this, but this is the first to have the ability to connect them together to form one giant screen, which is awesome by the sound of it. As long as the crack is not noticeable, it's a great idea.
     
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    I believe the article stated that it was the first to have dual touchscreens not just dual screens. It's a cool concept but I doubt it will go far.
     
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    And then R4's would be compatible with the phone.
     

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