The Kyocera Echo is finally available from Sprint. New customers can pick up the dual-display Android handset for $199.99 with a new two year contract, but you may need to save up for the $449.99 full retail price if you’re looking to “upgrade” without proper eligibility.
The Echo runs on Android 2.2 and features a 1GHz first generation Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 720p video recording, 1GB of internal memory, and a 1340 mAh battery.
Those specs may sound quite outdated, but the main selling point of the Kyocera Echo is the handset’s two 3.5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) displays which can be used as a single 4.7-inch screen in certain situations. Many within the Android community have already labeled the Kyocera Echo as a gimmicky device, but it is certainly refreshing to see manufacturer test out some new concept ideas and actually bring them to market.
The Kyocera Echo won’t be winning any prizes for its looks or performance, but we can guarantee that everyone who walks into a Sprint store any plays with the Echo will do a double take when they slide the handset open and are greeted by a second display rather than a keyboard.
Would any of you be willing to trade a QWERTY keyboard for a slide out display?