Kyocera has thought up a novel way to bring a bigger screen to a smartphone. It is simple, put two screens together, then call it an “Echo”. Read on to find out more on the Kyocera Echo here in this informative article.
Innovation is usually refreshing to experience. This time it is Kyocera who has brought the fresh thinking to the mobile masses. This is an idea that uses two screens instead of one for the smartphone. The two screens can be used in tandem. Do you want to check email while watching a video ? No problem. Do you want to watch more than one video at a time ? No problem. Do you want to play a video game while keeping up with the social scene ? No problem. Do you want a huge screen ? You have one thanks to the patented hinge on the Kyocera Echo.
The screens on this smartphone are both the same size. They are 3.5 inches, which makes a 4.7 inch total diagonal size when they are added together. That is just a bit under a tablet size, such as a Dell Streak. They both have 480 by 800 pixels of resolution each. Added together that turns out to be 800 by 960 pixels of substantial power. There is no manual keyboard for the Kyocera Echo, since one of the two displays can be used as a virtual keyboard. There is a ambient light sensor and it assumed that it works for both displays. The two screens are run in “modes”. They are called; “Single Screen”, “Simul-Task”, “Optimized” and “Tablet” mode. The tablet mode is the form factor that places one application across both screens at one time.
The processor running the Kyocera Echo is a one gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. It is a single core model. There is one gigabyte of internal storage. Since that will probably not be enough, there is also a slot for an external MicroSD card. Taking photos with the five megapixel camera will allow the user to enjoy flash, auto focus and high definition video. The high definition video will be at the 720p level.
There is a surprise feature on the Kyocera Echo smartphone. It can act as a Wi-Fi hotspot. This smartphone will feed internet to up to five different gadgets. It has bluetooth in version 2.1 ( 3.0 is the most up to date ) and GPS. The factory even gave this smartphone a FM radio.
The problem with the Kyocera Echo is that there are not enough apps designed to take advantage of its unique dual screen profile. There are seven prepared just for the release of this smartphone. One app allows the viewing of one video on the top screen while viewing another video on the bottom screen at the same time. The free Google Android mobile operating system is running the Echo. It is running Android 2.2 Froyo, which was not designed for a dual screen setup. There may not be any mobile operating system that is natively setup for dual screens.
The Kyocera Echo has two batteries in the shipping box and they may well be changed out regularly since they are just 1370 mAh in size. The price is just $199 dollars. Look for it on the Sprint network.