Apr 17 AT 5:04 PM Nick Gray 22 Comments

The dual-screen Kyocera Echo now available from Sprint

The Kyocera Echo is finally available from Sprint.  New customers can pick up the dual-display Android handset for $199.99 with a new two year contract, but you may need to save up for the $449.99 full retail price if you’re looking to “upgrade” without proper eligibility.  The Echo runs on Android 2.2 and features a 1GHz first generation Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 720p video recording, 1GB of internal memory, and a 1340 mAh battery. 

Those specs may sound quite outdated, but the main selling point of the Kyocera Echo is the handset’s two 3.5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) displays which can be used as a single 4.7-inch screen in certain situations.  Many within the Android community have already labeled the Kyocera Echo as a gimmicky device, but it is certainly refreshing to see manufacturer test out some new concept ideas and actually bring them to market. 

The Kyocera Echo won’t be winning any prizes for its looks or performance, but we can guarantee that everyone who walks into a Sprint store any plays with the Echo will do a double take when they slide the handset open and are greeted by a second display rather than a keyboard. 

Would any of you be willing to trade a QWERTY keyboard for a slide out display?

Source: Sprint

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website juice

    Battery fail

  • http://Website ben steel

    First Gen Snapdragon, 1340 battery, dual screens….Good new for the Thunderbolt…it will no longer be the phone with the worst battery life. I don’t see any sales records being broken on this one.

  • http://Website Mark

    This phone is so laughably bad that it’s not even funny.

    • Nick Gray

      I know we’re all phone snobs here, but I wish you guys would actually go out an use a phone before you start bashing it. Nexus One and EVO 4G owners rave about their phones and the Echo should be on that same level.

      I’m not sticking up for the Echo (I really don’t have a need for a second display), but it does offer a unique experience that no one else if offering right now.

      • http://Website Greg

        What are you even talking about? It should be on the same level? No, it shouldn’t – and any lack of respect it gets is warranted.

  • http://Website snowbdr89

    16 hours batt life on my tbolt, explain how thats the worst batt life?

    • http://Website Richard Yarrell

      I sure would love to be in the same DREAM YOU HAD???? 16 hours of battery life…Please give it a break you must be confusing the though of having your thunderbolt off for 16hrs thinking that it’s saving the battery..Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

  • http://Website Brando56894

    I definitely would, only as long as the second screen can be used as a virtual keyboard/virtual gamepad. Me and a few other people had this idea over on DroidForums awhile ago.

  • http://Website RockinEvo

    I think I stick with the DS

  • http://Website Tony

    That photo makes me miss the Facebook Touch website already.. the new one is a piece of shit.

  • http://Website Sam

    This phone doesn’t really appeal to me, nor do I think it appeals to anyone else..

    Hmm.. I wonder when that iPhone troll is going to comment…. I ‘m kinda worried that someone raped and killed him.. since he should have commented on this story by now.. oh well

    • http://Website Mark

      Talking about Ben, right? **Don’t feed the trolls**.

  • http://Website jose

    I thought this was a big nintendo ds o.0

  • http://Website Pip

    I thought the Engadget review of this was interesting – they thought it would be rubbish but actually ended up with some grudging respect for it:


  • http://infozonex.blogspot.com/search/label/Android Android

    what is this some kind of game boy

  • http://Website Ramshambo

    I didn’t believe this at first, but WOW it really is using the exact same processor as my EVO…

    • http://Website watbetch

      And that’s part of the problem. With Android that SoC will be crippling for most new games.

      I definitely don’t need to use a phone to know what I do and don’t like in one. Thick is not one of them, bulky is not one of them, and two screens that are on a hinge together definitely doesn’t rock my boat.

      It’s not worth the sacrifice of mediocre specs on a phone that ships with a high end price.. it’s from Kyocera. They haven’t made anything good that I can easily recall.

    • http://www.twitter.com/dalex7777 dalex7777

      This is an error. This phone actually has the 2nd Generation Snapdragon processor, the MSM8655. It is the same processer as in the HTC Inspire/Desire HD/Thunderbolt an MyTouch 4G.

      • http://www.twitter.com/dalex7777 dalex7777

        wow. My source was wrong. Kyocera’s own site confirms this is the QSD8650. What a missed opportunity! Otherwise this device would have been similarly specced as the Sony Xperia Play and with the lower screen providing virtual game controls, potentially an excellent gaming platform!

  • http://Website Fan Boys

    Get a life you loser fuckin fan boys. People will flock to this phone, fuck fan boys and FTW. You bunch of self-loathing posers.

  • http://www.twitter.com/iAM_billboard loudawgg88

    what to look at if the screen brakes >>?? was that what they were thinking?? wooow

  • aaron

    Hell at least this beats a iphone I do have this phone an it has kept upbwith 95% of the new phones.just.batterys sucks.balls and sprint.bloat ware I.have removed othen then.that it can run for about 3 hours on a 15% battery so I have no I deal why ypu guy are come planing it is better thenn some phone if you haven’t used or ect no comments needed assholes