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Sprint To Launch Kyocera Echo Dual Screen Smartphone

Sprint has confirmed that it will put the Kyocera Echo, the first dual screen Android handset, for sale from the 17th of April online only.

Users have been invited to preorder the handset from the 26th of March with the handset costing $200 on a two year contract, after a $100 mail in rebate via a reward card.

The handset packs two 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen displays (4.7-inch virtual diagonal - twice 800x480 pixels)and looks a lot like the Nintendo DS series. It comes with a single core system on chip, 1GB RAM, an 8GB microSD card, Wi-Fi, a rear five-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, HD recording and Android 2.2 (Froyo).

The Kyocera Eco is seriously cutting edge and reminds us of a smaller Microsoft Courier (or a small size ebook reader). However, while working on two screens appears to be very handy, it is limited to built-in apps only.

This means that you won't be able to use third party apps and it is highly unlikely that developers will add support for only one brand, let alone one model.

Furthermore, the two screens means that it is thicker than most handsets and comes with two batteries. Ultimately the Echo is targeting a niche market of users who may will want two screens and won't mind recharging their batteries regularly.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.