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CNET News Video: Sprint unveils the Kyocera Echo

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CNET News Video: Sprint unveils the Kyocera Echo

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Sprint announces the first dual-touchscreen android smartphone, the Kyocera Echo, that offers app multi-tasking on separate screens.

Hey everyone, I'm Bonnie Cha, senior editor at cnet.com, and we're here at a very special event in New York where Sprint just unveiled the Kyocera Echo. This is the first dual touchscreen device, and it will be available later this spring. As you can see, it has 2 screens. It's 3.5-inche diagonally and both WVGA resolution. They have optimized the software here, so you can use applications in standard mode, which is just the single screen. There is also tablet mode. The feature that I am most excited about is the simultask mode. It allows you to use 2 different applications on the screen at once. It will only be available on 7 applications, mostly the main 4 features like messaging, photo gallery, browser. It's a pretty cool feature that I think will take multitasking to a new level. Some features that I am disappointed about is 3D only, no 4G there. Another feature I'm disappointed about is it's running on 1G hertz Snapdragon processor, which may be enough to power this device, but everyone is looking to the dual-core processors, so that's little bit disappointing. One thing we will be checking once we get this device in for review is battery life. They are saying that you'll get about 5 hours on talk time on here and it's performing on fire with other smart phone. They are shipping the device with an extra battery, though, so if you do run out energy, so have an extra cell with you. The Kyocera Echo will run Android 2.2, no custom UI. Also has a 5-megapixel camera and will ship with 8G microSD card preinstalled. This will be available starting in spring for 199.99 with a 2-year contract. For cnet.com, I'm Bonnie Cha here in New York with the Kyocera Echo.

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