set up a reservation and preorder site to purchase this odd, yet entertaining smartphone. The price at pre-order is $199.99 after a $100 instant rebate and requires a new line activation (or eligible upgrade) on a two year contract. Users can also get the Echo with an Everything plan with Data, or premium data add-on and a two year deal. And the site isn't just a reservation site either, as Sprint is getting playful with a "challenge to a dual," and a gunslinger shooting at you and getting you to play the Bottle Bustin' Bandits game. In the game, users can also enter to win an Echo through the Duel for a Dual Sweepstakes.
rather odd show in New York, one featuring a short magic show by David Blaine followed by a reveal of a human-sized phone that only turned out to be a mockup of a tinier phone. That in itself I found to be an outrage, as I was very excited about dual 4-foot screens. Then came the big reveal: Kyocera, a name not oft spoken aloud when it comes to notable Android phones. The phone Sprint and Kyocera shook hands for one full minute to release was called the Echo, Kyocera Echo, or Sprint Echo, however you want to title it. This phone is one that can be a single screen phone or fold out to a laptop or single giant screen mode. It's 3G, it's running Android 2.2 Froyo, it's got a single 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and it's less than a week away from MWC 2011. Why would Sprint and Kyocera release such a wild card?
WSJ, the Sprint Kyocera Echo has what's described as a "pivot hinge" - presumably a double-hinged arrangement - which allows one screen to fold back against the other out of the way. We're imagining something similar to Fujitsu's prototype, shown here. According to the source, "users can accomplish multiple tasks on the two screens, or drag items from one screen to the other." This isn't the first we've heard of a dual-display Sprint device; leaks back in mid-January suggested the same thing, though the exact nature of the functionality is still unclear. Android Community will be at the Sprint event in a few hours time, so we'll have all the details as they're announced.