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.
- 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.