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Sprint's "industry first" announcement: Live Coverage

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Welcome to our live coverage, dedicated to Sprint's much-expected unveiling, which is going to take place in NYC tonight! PhoneArena is attending the event, so you can count on us for bringing the latest news to you with our up-to-the-minute updates. You can either check our live blog here, or follow our Twitter updates, if you prefer.

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

17:47We're done people....we'll check out the Kyocera Echo in a bit. Expect a full hands-on,.
17:46Now they're going to show off video regarding the handset
17:45It'll be interesting to see what kind of real world battery we'll see with the handset
17:45So basically the third battery acts as a portable charger.
17:45The second battery allows to charge the phone which houses the regular battery
17:44It sounds like they're throwing in an additional battery
17:44"very good battery life in mixed usage mode".
17:43Battery life!! Here we go
17:43APIs specific for the Kyocera phone will be released to developers to take advantage of the dual screens
17:42Now they're going to show off some gaming elements...SIMS 2...which takes a while to load apparently on the Echo
17:41Basically allow you to run two separate windows for web browsing....new tab basically
17:40now they're showing off the web browser
17:39powered by a Snapdragob processor
17:39Task manager allows you to specifically allow what's being run on each display
17:37Now they're showing "simul-tasking" elements
17:37Now they're showing the specific YouTube client for it. Again....content plays in top while the detailed info is found at the bottom
17:36with typing....on-screen keyboard is displayed on the bottom screen, while the regular text displays on the top
17:35All in all...it's very reminiscent of the Nintendo DS layout
17:35The same concept applies to watching videos. Bottom displays the gallery while the video plays on the top display
17:35with the picture gallery, the top displays the photos, while the bottom shows the gallery
17:34Very thin bezel between both screens
17:33So it basically allows for more information to be displayed on screen versus the traditional way
17:32Going to the email client, but adds a preview area on right side
17:32they're showing how it looks in both portrait and landscape
17:303.5" LCDs....together brings 4.7" diagonal area
17:306 different patents pending right now for its unique dual screen hinge
17:30Now they're showing off the hardware
17:29"Simul-tasking" term made up by SPrint
17:28Now they're going to show off some new demos for the Kyocera Echo
17:27Now we've got Sprint product chief of development on stage...David Owen
17:23Kyocera 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
17:21Large size model of the Kyocera Echo is on stage
17:21Dan Hesse is now on stage!
17:19Photos and videos are now allowed
17:19Looks like his show is done....very impressive doing his thing under water Now it's time for the real stuff
17:18Rises to the surface and takes a big gulp of air, Applauses all around!
17:17He just made some fish appear from his top hat
17:17crazy to believe he is doing this all under water!
17:15crazyyy stuff....poured some wine into glass under water
17:14whoaaa...managed to bring something to the surface of the water
17:14yet another fish appears out of nowhere
17:13Impressive...puffed a clooud of smoke under water
17:13Trying to light it under water
17:12looks like he is taking out a cigar
17:12wow! Made a fish come out from the book
17:12Now he's taking the time to read a book or magazine....underwater....and no oxygen
17:11Seems to be having a drink at a table
17:11he's having a hard time breathing it looks
17:10Wow....he's in a box filled with water!
17:09this should be interesting. Unfortunately no videos or photos
17:09Hmmmmm......here comes David Blaine first!!!

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posted on 07 Feb 2011, 16:28

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

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 16:38

2. ribbonsalmark (Posts: 84; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

Already exists thus not an industry first.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 16:47

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

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 16:45 1

3. heyitzme (Posts: 87; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)

This whole conference for the echo o.o wow Sprint I WAS so excited

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 16:53

5. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; 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

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 16:58 1

6. SteveEugene (unregistered)

I'm guessing this announcement is including something major with plan changes as well.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:00

7. snowgator (Posts: 3604; 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....

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:57

29. snowgator (Posts: 3604; 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.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:17

8. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Id like a video of this event....sounds interesting

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:22 1

9. Cassels (unregistered)

Kyocera WTF?! There better be more!

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:22 1

10. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Wack ass dual screen....I dont get the big deal

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:24 1

11. brianp (unregistered)

this is it? a phone that looks like a nindendo ds???

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:25 3

12. heyitzme (Posts: 87; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)

Ridiculous.........This is not a revolutionary phone lol

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:28

13. Will B (unregistered)

Please don't let this be the "Big" announcement

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:28

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?
(heckle heckle)

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:37

15. gatordotcom (Posts: 26; Member since: 18 Jun 2010)

I'm pretty dissapointed thus far.. there better be something else....

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:41

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

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:41

17. gatordotcom (Posts: 26; Member since: 18 Jun 2010)


posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:41 1

18. Cassels (unregistered)

Well I guess to Verizon I go. Unless there is something else but I doubt it!

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:54 1

25. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

You waited for this announcement before deciding which carrier to go to????LOL

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:43 1

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

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:43

20. Wes (unregistered)

Very disappointing another android... oh wait 2 screens.. GAY

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 13:31

43. jbash (Posts: 345; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)

totally agree

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:43 1

21. gatordotcom (Posts: 26; Member since: 18 Jun 2010)

I am a big sprint fan but the longer this goes on the more disappointed ill be

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:46 1

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

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:56 1

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.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:49 1

23. bogdookie (unregistered)

this is totally bunk. what a let down sprint....

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:53 1

24. Loyal Sprint Customer (unregistered)

Tell Sprint that I am leaving their network...

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:57 1

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.

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 17:54 1

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.

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