Sprint’s big press conference is taking place in just a couple hours, but the details have leaked early on what the carrier plans to announce. Multiple news sources are now reporting that Sprint will announce the Kyocera Echo, the world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone.
Several sites are reporting conflicting details, but Android Central points us to a listing on Sprint’s official site which features a paragraph on the Echo. The device is said to feature two touchscreen displays with a unique pivot hinge that allow them to combine for 4.7 inches of combined real estate. Each display can independently run multiple apps or they can be stretched across both screens. When the device is closed, it resembles a pocket-friendly smartphone.
Earlier reports from the Wall St. Journal indicated the Echo “features two 3.5-inch touch screens that can be stacked side by side.”
This might be the only device that Sprint announces, but there could still be multiple phones that get revealed. One of our trusted sources originally told us we would see “multiple announcements from HTC”, but no new information has been provided since that time and the prediction is looking a little weak at this point.
Kyocera’s last Android effort, the value-priced Zio, failed to impress us so hopefully they have stepped up their game. The Zio was a decent entry-level smartphone, but there were much better options like the LG Optimus One that made the Zio almost irrelevant.
Sprint’s presentation starts at 6 PM EST tonight, so check back later for the full details.
From Sprint’s website: The Kyocera Echo smashes the last barrier between you and the ultimate mobile experience. Its unique dual-touchscreen, pivot hinge design gives you all the space you need to run the apps that connect you to the people and information you need every day. Spread your work across all 4.7 inches of combined display or use each smaller display independently to run multiple apps. Closed, the Kyocera Echo is a pocket-friendly smartphone. Open it and expand your world.