Sprint advises those interested in the Kyocera Echo to pre-order early

Sprint advises those interested in the Kyocera Echo to pre-order early
Sprint has put up a web page for those who want to pre-order the dual-screen Kyocera Echo. The handset will launch on April 17th for the price of $199.99 after a $100 instant rebate. The buyer needs to activate a new line, or be eligible for a handset upgrade. The device must be signed up for the Everything Plan with Data, a Premium Data add-on and a signed 2-year contract.

Although the phone's introduction brought only a half-hearted cheer from the Sprint faithful, the carrier is hoping that the dual-screen captures the attention of those in the market for a new smartphone. And on the same page is a contest that gives you the opportunity to duel for a dual-screen phone. The winner gets a free Kyocera Echo.

The web site also gives you a view of the four different modes available on the Echo's dual screen including Tablet Mode, Optimized Mode, Simul-Task Mode and the Single-Screen Mode that adds up to a 4.7 inch display, the largest screen available on any current Sprint handset.

The Kyocera Echo is powered by Android 2.2 and has a 5MP camera on the back and under the hood is a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. Unfortunately, the Echo will not have 4G connectivity. But what it does have is a dual-screen that makes it a unique device for those who like to be different.

source: Sprint

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  • Display 3.5 inches
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  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1370 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3



21. fairly_mismatched unregistered

Interesting concept but poor execution.

18. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

The Kyocera Echo styling reminds me of the Pontiac Aztek....only less attractive... It actually could have been a fairly stylish phone if they smoothed it out a bit and removed the goofy chrome belt buckles on the top and bottom.

19. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

lol Pontiac Aztek? i don't get the connection...can't say i seen that at all when looking at this phone.

22. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

NOTHING is less attractive than the Pontiac Aztek. God made that car so that everyone would be able to unanimously agree on what is the ugliest thing of all time.

17. Srycantthnkof1

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

Uhhhh might be a dumb question... What side do you talk on? LOL

20. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

that's the beauty of the whole thing. this is the first phone where the user has the choice of which side to talk on. it's completely up to the user! seriously tho....who knows...the design on this monstrocity is terrible.

14. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

get em Kyocera! this phone will sell about as much as the KIN but hey nice try. nice jump on the competition Sprint with this pathetic phone. this reminds me of when the first double-sided phone the Samsung Upstage launched. what a joke...and then you have Kyocera as a brand. good luck.

11. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Only way that I would want this phone is if it were to come out within the next couple weeks so that I could check it out. I'm not going to buy something that I wont like or wont be able to use.

10. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Seeing how I read most every post about this phone, I guess that it's launch and hype since has done it's job- it has gotten the Echo noticed. I am in the corner of any original idea- I hope it is a success. While it is obviously not a premium handset for all the reasons luis_lopez states in his post above , I hope it is good at what it does. It certainly doesn't fit what I am looking for in my next gadget, but I have to admit I am looking foreword to toying around with it just to see how it performs.

16. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Yeah but since a new android style Device they should have made it up to date. You don't make the first new revolutionary Device with old hardware and expect it to be great, you just can't.

8. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Here is something from Boygeniusreport about the phone hands on. I knew a lot of this from when the phone was announced. Towards the end they show some photo editing stuff I hadn't seen before and thought was pretty cool. They showed the 2 batteries and how you can charge one while the other is in use, or even power the phone while charging the other. Pretty cool. Here's the video. http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=kyocera+echo&aq=f

7. djm22

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 09, 2011

I wonder how quick the battery will die on this phone 2 hours ?

6. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

I don't think it' really Sprint hyping the phone, because for sure, it's not that important to them. But regardless of what any of us thinks of the phone, this IS an important product for Kyocera so of course they are going to do what they feel they need to do to sell as many as they can. No shame in that. Whether it's the latest or greatest or not, they're out there trying. Sprint has always been the most important carrier to Kyocera, so they've just giving it their all. Gotta respect that.

5. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

no dual core, no 4g wimax, no strong battery, weighing almost* 7 ounces, on android 2.2 (2.4 is coming this summer btw), Made by kyocera!!!! i shall pass.

4. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

Oh lordy. If this isn't over hyping a product I don't know what is.

3. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

I think this phone will sell, but won't have much of an impact on the tech communities. Judging by all the responses from tech blogs/sites, it can only be a hit with the mass, like the iPhone.

9. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ehh it wont be though...

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

not gonna sell out no worries about reserving one LOL

12. dallas90733

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 06, 2011


1. tlang1064

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 21, 2010

I know some people are gonna be all negative toward this phone, but I still think it's a cool phone. Can't wait till it comes out.

13. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

hmmmmm... get this POS soon or wait a couple months for Godly EVO 3D...tough decision lolololol!!!!!

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yes, real tough - yesterday's yawn or tomorrow's WOW! But yesterday's yawn has two screens....

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