Enterprise Mobility: Sprint Dual-Screen Echo Android Phone to Tackle Apple iPhone 4

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-02-08 Print this article Print
Sprint Dual-Screen Echo Android Phone to Tackle Apple iPhone 4

Sprint Dual-Screen Echo Android Phone to Tackle Apple iPhone 4

by Nicholas Kolakowski
Sprint's upcoming Kyocera Echo smartphone features dual touch-screens and a 1GHz processor, and runs Android 2.2. Will that be enough for the carrier and manufacturer to combat the iPhone 4, which just moved onto Verizon, along with other high-end Android devices such as Motorola's Droid franchise? That remains to be seen, but Sprint is arguing that Echo users will be able to leverage those two screens for hyper-efficient multi-tasking, game-playing and movie-watching. The Echo's hinge can be adjusted to fit multiple functions: tilted at a 30-degree angle, one screen can act as a virtual keyboard for the other screen's Facebook or e-mail program. Tilted flat, the smartphone's two screens act as one large 4.7-inch screen for movie watching. In a Feb. 8 conversation with eWEEK, Sprint and Kyocera executives were careful to avoid outright comparisons with a tablet, but they did allow that the Echo offers "tablet-like" functionality. "It's a phone first," David Owens, Sprint's vice president of consumer acquisition, said—albeit a smartphone that lets users run either a single application split across both screens, or reserve each screen for separate functions within a single application. The device will arrive sometime in the spring, and retail for $199 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.??í
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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