Feb 07 AT 3:46 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Sprint to unveil Kyocera Echo, world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone

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.

Via: Wall St. Journal

Source: Bloomberg

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  • Dave K

    Where’s Sprint’s answer to the Atrix or the Optimus 2X? This gimmicky Echo is not it.

  • http://Website Chris

    Sprint needs to come up with something better than that if they want to stay relevant. Here is hoping its just one of the announcements.

  • http://www.3for.tv Greg

    I was really hoping for something that would best my EVO. I guess I’ll keep waiting.

  • http://Website Kevin

    sounds like a Nintendo ds phone but cant wait too see what it is

  • http://Website watbetch

    This is why no one takes Sprint seriously. Did they seriously hype up a KYOCERA phone? The big news might be a premium touch experience upcharge of $5

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    Guess we have to wait until CTIA

  • http://Website Paul Atreides

    This is not what I’m waiting for but I won’t trash it until I’ve seen it and heard the specs on it. I’m not worried the EVO 2 is still not far away you better believe and it will be a doozy!

  • http://Website hec

    I bet you its not that at all.. just have to wait and see!

  • http://www.3for.tv Greg

    1ghz processor? – 1st quarter 2010

    Ugly housing? – 2nd quarter 1997

    Dual screen? – 2nd quarter 2006 (nintendo ds)

    This is old tech, sloppily pasted together. It was an interesting attempt, at best. Android devs are already sick of all the fragmentation. Now they have to optimize for TWO screens?

    At worst, it’s a crappy phone that will have a horrendous battery life, shockingly low sales, and will be a financial failure for Sprint.

  • http://Website cruellyricisti

    Two large screens, meaning my battery will die twice as fast… great. How about two cores so it’ll process twice as fast. Geez sprint.

  • MC

    So, THIS is Sprint’s, “market-changing news?” You know, the same, “event” (quotes intended) where everyone was speculating they’d have something really special to show?
    Hmmm. I predicted an announcement of Palm-Pre-less-than-epic proportions. I wasn’t far off the mark!

  • http://Website snowbdr89

    What a proud day for sprint customers, maybe it will come with a david blaine magic kit.