Sprint's "industry first" announcement: Live Coverage
Of course, we're all expecting Sprint to announce that a 3D-capable smartphone is joining its ranks - something like the recently announced LG Optimus 3D. Whether this would be the case remains to be seen though, as today, out of nowhere came the rumor about the possible introduction of the dual-screen Kyocera Echo. So pretty much everything is possible at this point. We're very excited, and guess you are too, so stay tuned, as we're now getting dangerously close to that "industry first" device, whatever it might be.
The event begins at 6PM ET | 3PM PT.
Live event tracker
|17:47||We're done people....we'll check out the Kyocera Echo in a bit. Expect a full hands-on,.|
|17:46||Now they're going to show off video regarding the handset|
|17:45||It'll be interesting to see what kind of real world battery we'll see with the handset|
|17:45||So basically the third battery acts as a portable charger.|
|17:45||The second battery allows to charge the phone which houses the regular battery|
|17:44||It sounds like they're throwing in an additional battery|
|17:44||"very good battery life in mixed usage mode".|
|17:43||Battery life!! Here we go|
|17:43||APIs specific for the Kyocera phone will be released to developers to take advantage of the dual screens|
|17:42||Now they're going to show off some gaming elements...SIMS 2...which takes a while to load apparently on the Echo|
|17:41||Basically allow you to run two separate windows for web browsing....new tab basically|
|17:40||now they're showing off the web browser|
|17:39||powered by a Snapdragob processor|
|17:39||Task manager allows you to specifically allow what's being run on each display|
|17:37||Now they're showing "simul-tasking" elements|
|17:37||Now they're showing the specific YouTube client for it. Again....content plays in top while the detailed info is found at the bottom|
|17:36||with typing....on-screen keyboard is displayed on the bottom screen, while the regular text displays on the top|
|17:35||All in all...it's very reminiscent of the Nintendo DS layout|
|17:35||The same concept applies to watching videos. Bottom displays the gallery while the video plays on the top display|
|17:35||with the picture gallery, the top displays the photos, while the bottom shows the gallery|
|17:34||Very thin bezel between both screens|
|17:33||So it basically allows for more information to be displayed on screen versus the traditional way|
|17:32||Going to the email client, but adds a preview area on right side|
|17:32||they're showing how it looks in both portrait and landscape|
|17:30||3.5" LCDs....together brings 4.7" diagonal area|
|17:30||6 different patents pending right now for its unique dual screen hinge|
|17:30||Now they're showing off the hardware|
|17:29||"Simul-tasking" term made up by SPrint|
|17:28||Now they're going to show off some new demos for the Kyocera Echo|
|17:27||Now we've got Sprint product chief of development on stage...David Owen|
|17:23||Kyocera Echo will be available this spring for $199.99 on-contract|
|17:22||"optimized mode" allows to take advantage of the dual displays. Full 4.7" area|
|17:21||Large size model of the Kyocera Echo is on stage|
|17:21||Dan Hesse is now on stage!|
|17:19||Photos and videos are now allowed|
|17:19||Looks like his show is done....very impressive doing his thing under water Now it's time for the real stuff|
|17:18||Rises to the surface and takes a big gulp of air, Applauses all around!|
|17:17||He just made some fish appear from his top hat|
|17:17||crazy to believe he is doing this all under water!|
|17:15||crazyyy stuff....poured some wine into glass under water|
|17:14||whoaaa...managed to bring something to the surface of the water|
|17:14||yet another fish appears out of nowhere|
|17:13||Impressive...puffed a clooud of smoke under water|
|17:13||Trying to light it under water|
|17:12||looks like he is taking out a cigar|
|17:12||wow! Made a fish come out from the book|
|17:12||Now he's taking the time to read a book or magazine....underwater....and no oxygen|
|17:11||Seems to be having a drink at a table|
|17:11||he's having a hard time breathing it looks|
|17:10||Wow....he's in a box filled with water!|
|17:09||this should be interesting. Unfortunately no videos or photos|
|17:09||Hmmmmm......here comes David Blaine first!!!|
1. DaveyJE24 (Posts: 54; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
a 3d phone without glasses really would be awesome, how ab tv like that?? even better
2. ribbonsalmark (Posts: 84; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
Already exists thus not an industry first.
4. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
3D does exsist i know right :D...BUT its thee first mobile device to support lens free 3d IN AMERICA get it right so you dont look stupid
3. heyitzme (Posts: 87; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)
This whole conference for the echo o.o wow Sprint I WAS so excited
5. downphoenix (Posts: 2356; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I will LMAO if the Echo is the big thing to make a deal over with Sprint. The Zio was a joke, and Kyocera has no prior smartphone experience to that. Of course, maybe they can repent their zio mistakes and give us a stellar phone but Im not holding my breath, hopefully a HTC 3D phone is what it is instead
6. SteveEugene (unregistered)
I'm guessing this announcement is including something major with plan changes as well.
7. snowgator (Posts: 3225; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
An illusionist brought in for the Echo??? Not buying it. I am sure Sprint is hoping to propel itself into the Spring/Summer selling season with whatever is planed for tonight. They have chosen to do their own thing instead of getting lost in the shuffel of the other events- CES, MWC- buried by the larger carriers. I love choices, and will be making decisions on new phones this summer for myself and my wife, and I am hoping Sprint does good. I am by nature a cheap person, and Sprint is quite a bit less coin then others. Come on guys, give me an excuse....
29. snowgator (Posts: 3225; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Okay. My bad. Guess it was only for the Echo. This better be a knock it out of the park kinda thing for sprint. Hope Kyocera learned from Zio, and hope Sprints Q2/Q3 isn't dependent on 1 phone.
8. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Id like a video of this event....sounds interesting
9. Cassels (unregistered)
Kyocera WTF?! There better be more!
10. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Wack ass dual screen....I dont get the big deal
11. brianp (unregistered)
this is it? a phone that looks like a nindendo ds???
12. heyitzme (Posts: 87; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)
Ridiculous.........This is not a revolutionary phone lol
13. Will B (unregistered)
Please don't let this be the "Big" announcement
14. TLJester (unregistered)
Booo - we all waited for this "milestone" device... reminds me of the Kin (RIP).
Where are the dual cores?
Where are the honeycomb tablets?
15. gatordotcom (Posts: 25; Member since: 18 Jun 2010)
I'm pretty dissapointed thus far.. there better be something else....
16. pochi (unregistered)
this is a disappointment to be a so call industry first and no 4G!!! and you have to pay extra $10 a month for a non 4G phone bad move by sprint indeed
18. Cassels (unregistered)
Well I guess to Verizon I go. Unless there is something else but I doubt it!
25. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
You waited for this announcement before deciding which carrier to go to????LOL
19. lexicommonzero (unregistered)
lame it really is the sanyo phone, dual screen phone doesnt appeal to me, although kudos to sanyo fit coming out with a high end phone that's a first in itself, but lame
20. Wes (unregistered)
Very disappointing another android... oh wait 2 screens.. GAY
21. gatordotcom (Posts: 25; Member since: 18 Jun 2010)
I am a big sprint fan but the longer this goes on the more disappointed ill be
22. pochi (unregistered)
people with all this verzion bull like they not even much better then sprint at all... you pay like $40 more to get wat u can get with sprint plans and u can get way more discount with sprint like i get 25% ad another $20 off just cause i been with them 5 years and now how to talk to them nicely ad when i have problems Verizon reps are cheap and strict... HTC Evo is still a top phone even tho the battery sucks on ebay 2 batteries with a charger $11 and there u go ur battery problems are solve and all that Iphone crap is useless ill get a HTC Thunderbolt over the iphone any day if i was with Verizon
27. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
Sprint has weak signal in my house. Because it works well for you doesnt mean it works well for everyone. PLus not everyone gets big discounts. I can get a 19% discount with Verizon and only 5% with sprint.
23. bogdookie (unregistered)
this is totally bunk. what a let down sprint....
24. Loyal Sprint Customer (unregistered)
Tell Sprint that I am leaving their network...
30. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
Big deal. No one cares you are leaving over an announcment of a new phone. Sheessh get a life.
26. Disappointed (unregistered)
W.E.A.K. that's the sound of Sprint spending millions on a phone that will tank and nobody will buy except eccentric 12yr olds who want something as "cool" as their DS.
28. Socalvenom (unregistered)
Just got off Sprint.com and they have all the info on the Echo. I for one wasn't impressed and to tell you the truth I hate the concept. To make the matters worse it only has a 1300ish battery so expect no more then 3 to 4 hours tops of talk time assuming who ever buys this spends a long period of the time facebooking it watching videos and what I loved the most about this new Industry first is that it does rock a double touch screen but no 4g unless I read something wrong but If anyone doesn't believe me go check out the official specs on Sprint's web page under news.
31. mjblack (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
Really all the hype for this phone what a joke!!!!!!
32. snowgator (Posts: 3225; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I am not really sure who they are marketing this too... I guess the younger crowd who watches TV on their phones. Really, who else would be interested? 4G is really not that important yet, but in another 12 months or so it will be, so why not push this "industry first" into the EVO catagory? Strange, strange event.
33. ka$h (unregistered)
34. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
Wow a phone with two touch screens, how exhilarating....... /sarcasm
35. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)
Great...no 4G, no iPhone 4, no LG Optimus 3D, no HTC 7 Pro (good grief, noone's going to even car about that phone by the time it's released), nothing to stay on par with the Bionic or the Atrix 4G. No nothing. What's so "industry first" about this? Didn't the LG enV have two screens? Ok, so it may not have acted in the same manner as these two screens, but I don't get the hype. Where the heck are the WP7 phones?? I guess we are gonna just milk the Evo to death. They'll probably release something by August or October, but who cares by then? Everyone will start going for Bionics and Atrix's by then. I guess I'm stuck with an Evo (which isn't bad), but I was just hoping for more.
37. heyitzme (Posts: 87; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)
I feel ya man i was hoping for a Dual core Wimax phone...
36. tman35pr (unregistered)
I am a longtime sprint customer and i cannot believe they would come out which such a crapy phone and knowning that they would be and will be crushed by the verizon Iphone , hmmmmm makes me really want to think of changing compnies
40. Guest (unregistered)
The Kyocera DS (Dogshit)
41. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)
Sprint need a magician to make their presentations entertaining....
and what does a guy under water have to do with a non-water proof, dual screen phone?
so once again...