Sprint's not sitting on their laurels and letting Verizon and AT&T have all the fun releasing new products. Sprint's announcement of their "industry first" dual screen Android phone went down today. Say hello to the Kyocera Echo.
Obviously, the big feature is the dual 3.5-inch 480 x 800 resolution screens that can also function as a single 4.7-inch 960 x 800 display when the echo is unfolded. A 1 GHz Snapdragon second-gen processor will power this beast and it will run Android 2.2 at launch. Customized software takes advantage of the dual screen capability for things like email and messaging, while other outside apps will run in full display mode for now until developers are able to get their hands on a kit to tweak their software for the device.
Drawbacks include no 4G or WiMAX support as well as only a single 5mp camera, although the camera is 720p recording capable. No official street date was released, but the Echo will only be $199 after a $100 from Sprint. The bundle will even include an extra battery for those who need the extra juice. We'll see if this steals any eyes from those looking forward to the Inspire 4G or Verizon iPhone.