Kyocera Echo Useable as Mini Tablet Thanks to “Tablet Mode”

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The recently revealed Kyocera Echo smartphone can do a number of things thanks to its two 3.5-inch touchscreens, one of which is transforming into a “tablet mode,” where the two displays can be arranged side to side for a single, connected workspace.

Other specs for the Echo include a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, a single 5-megapixel camera, 1GB of memory (expandable up to 32GB through the built-in SD card slot), 3G connectivity, and wireless hotspot connectivity.

The device isn’t perfect, however. Aside from some unremarkable specs (with the exception of the dual touchscreens), the Echo is also bulky in its “standard mode” — when one screen is tucked under the other via the metal pivot hinge connecting the two — and the battery life is a mystery since the device is still in production. Should the latter become an issue, however, Kyocera is prepared; the Echo will come with a phone charger that is outfitted with a swappable second battery, free of charge.

There is also the issue of the operating system, which will be Google Android OS 2.2 (Froyo). Sprint and Kyocera are allegedly considering a future upgrade to 2.3 (Gingerbread), which would help, but for now it seems like a somewhat dated choice for the Echo’s OS.

It won’t be long before the Kyocera Echo hits the shelves. Sprint customers will be able to get their hands on it this spring for $199 subsidized with a two-year contract. Below is a demo video of the Echo, and for more details about the upcoming smartphone, take a look at the Hands-on Preview over at our sister site, Brighthand.

 

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