Sprint's Kyocera Echo dual-screen smartphone now available

Summary:There has been a lot of talk about the Android-based Kyocera Echo and its innovative dual-screen design. Now the device is finally available with Sprint.

There has been a lot of talk about the Android-based Kyocera Echo and its innovative dual-screen design. Now the device is finally available with Sprint.

Unveiled back in February, the Echo sports a pair of 3.5-inch WVGA touch screens and closes like a clamshell with a super copper alloy pivot hinge. Users can run different apps on each display or make them work together tablet-style as seen in the image above. The displays form a 4.7-inch combined workspace, which isn't far off from the 5-inch Dell Streak. However, that one has been dubbed as a large smartphone anyway, so maybe the Echo will be the perfect compromise.

Other useful nitty-gritty details include Android 2.2 (Froyo), 3G, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with Flash, 720p HD video recording, and it supports corporate and personal email. The Echo can also double as a Wi-Fi hotspot that serves up to five connected devices. However, there's only 1GB of onboard storage space, but an 8GB microSD card is included. That memory card slot supports up to 32GB total.

The Kyocera Echo is available in Sprint stores and online for $199.99 with the signing of a two-year service agreement.

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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