Kyocera has produced the world’s first dual-touchscreen Android phone for release on the US Sprint network. Will it come to the UK? One can only hope.
Looking very much like a Nintendo DS for grown ups, the Kyocera Echo sports two individual 3.5-inch, 800×480 pixel, capacitive touchscreens that are held together with a unique ‘pivot hinge’ that allows the two screens to be operated independently, side-by-side or combined to create an oversized 4.7-inch ‘tablet mode’ display (800×960 pixels).
In addition, an optimised mode allows one screen to operate as normal with the second screen acting as a full-screen keyboard, or to show related information to enhance an app, such as related videos for YouTube while playing a video in full screen above, or scrolling through yourgallery while viewing the pictures above.
The Echo will ship with Android 2.2 (FroYo) and the handset includes a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording. It has a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon (single core) processor, 1GB of internal memory, memory card slot to support cards up to 32GB in capacity and will come with a 1,370mAh battery.
Kyocera is also offering developers the tools to code apps to use the dual-touchscreen.
So far the phone is an exclusive to the Sprint network, and Kyocera isn’t exactly a big player in the UK – but we can but hope that we might see an enterprising network decide to bring it here. But, if not, this might prompt others to produce something similar.
More info: sprint.com/echo