THE BLOG
02/11/2011 12:43 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Kyocera Echo a Sprint Exclusive

Last night Sprint and Kyocera held a press event at New York City's Edison Ballroom. Around 6:30 p.m. Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint, took the stage and announced the Kyocera Echo -- a Sprint exclusive.

Highlights:

  • Android 2.2
  • 2 x 3.5" WVGA touch screens; 4.7" when screens are combined
  • Sprint 3G
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • 5 mega pixel camera with flash, auto-focus and digital zoom
  • 720p HD camcorder
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 1 GB of on-board storage
  • Available Spring for $199 after mail in rebate

I could not ignore the nagging question -- won't these screens pulverize an already taxed battery? Sprint also appears concerned. The company is packaging a spare battery (1370 mAh) with the Echo. Sprint is selling the second battery as a feature -- I am calling it a "must have." Also disappointing was no 4G capability and no dual core processor.

On the bright side and from what I saw in the demo the Echo was quick and responsive -- running various applications including The Sims.