Sprint and Kyocera today announced availability of Kyocera Echo dual-touchscreen smartphone on April 17 in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-Sprint1). The innovative Android device will sell for $199.99 (excludes taxes) with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade. Beginning March 26, consumers can visit www.sprint.com/echo to "Reserve Now" pre-order. Here is more:
Kyocera Echo features two high-resolution 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by a three-dimensional ?pivot hinge? that enables the two displays to operate independently, side-by-side or combined to form an oversized 4.7-inch (diagonal) integrated display. The Super Copper Alloy hinge is so unique it has six patents pending, and so tough it has passed severe durability testing.
Kyocera Echo runs on the Android 2.2 operating system and has access to more than 150,000 apps in Android Market. Other features include:
* Sprint?s nationwide 3G network and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) * Wi-Fi hotspot capability, which supports wireless connections for up to five devices * 5-megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and digital zoom * 720p HD camcorder to quickly capture those on-the-go memorable moments * Corporate (Exchange ActiveSync) and personal (POP & IMAP) e-mail, IM (Google Talk), text messaging * Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 (+ EDR) * Full HTML Web browser with Google Search * 1 gigabyte (GB) of onboard memory and an 8GB microSD card for the external memory card slot, which supports cards up to 32GB
Through the reservation process, customers will be able to reserve their devices online, pick them up in a Sprint Store, and receive the full retail experience, including Sprint?s Ready Now service. Customers can reserve their Echo for purchase at www.sprint.com/echo beginning Saturday, March 26, while supplies last. Customers who reserve Kyocera Echo will be able to complete their purchases beginning at 9 a.m. ET on March 26, and must complete their purchases no later than April 14 at 9 p.m. ET. The devices will be available for pick up on April 17.