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HTC Thunderbolt and Kyocera Echo, Released March/April 17

clock March 16, 2011 01:16 by author Jeremy

Two phones that have been teased around the web for a while now are finally getting official release-statements: Verizon's HTC Thunderbolt and Sprint's Kyocera Echo. The former is going to be the first smartphone on Verizon's 4G LTE network, and will be available March 17 (just two more days!). Meanwhile, the latter smartphone will be out on April 17th (just two more days! ...oh, and a month on top of that).

What's so special about these two, you ask?

As mentioned previously, the Thunderbolt is the first 4G smartphone using Verizon's LTE network, which should provide faster download/upload speeds. The Thunderbolt will come with a 4.3" display, an 8-megapixel rear camera with 720p HD recording, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting, and the latest 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

This, of course, should be a power-hog, so expect to charge your battery quite a bit. The Thunderbolt has already been delayed several times due to poor battery life, relating to issues around signal strength. These issues have been fixed, and there's even news circulating of an extended battery being offered by HTC, which will have roughly 2750mAh (almost double the phone's stock battery of 1400mAh). The phone-stand also comes back, just for your viewing pleasure.

Meanwhile, on Sprint's end, we'll be seeing the Kyocera Echo, a dual-screen smartphone that offers "simul-tasking". Consumers can use the two screens to simultaneously check their email, text message, browse the web, and more. During the Sprint event in February, they showed how the dual-screen phone could be used for gaming: The Sims was demo'ed with the top screen showing the game, and the bottom screen showing the control buttons. Alternatively, you could also converge both screens together (not physically, of course!) to use them as one large viewing apparatus. Nifty, indeed.

The smartphones of today just keep getting smarter, it seems.



Sprint's "Industry First" Event Showcases The Kyocera Echo

clock February 8, 2011 01:13 by author Jeremy

Yes, that's right: the phone you see in the picture above is their big news (literally). It's the world's first giant phone.

Just kidding! It's a prop. Seriously though, today was a big day for Sprint: their event had been planned as far back as January 20, and even promised David Blaine (who did make an appearance, by the way, but we'll get to that later). The big news was the official announcement of the Kyocera Echo, the first dual touchscreen Android phone.

With the Echo, you can use both of its screens as either one giant screen, or use it to do two tasks simultanously. Sprint even decided to provide the new term "simultasking" - which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like.

Currently, the Echo has 7 different apps that you can run simultaneously through its two screens. In one example during the event, viewers saw emails being checked on the bottom screen while text messages were being seen at the top. We also saw an example of The Sims, where the bottom screen was our control panel and the top showed the game screen.

Apparently, Sprint and Kyocera will also be releasing API's, which will encourage other developers to create apps and programs for our dual-screen wonder.

So what was David Blaine's part in all this? He was the opening act for Sprint. The act included him swimming around a giant tank of water for roughly 8 minutes, while fish came out of his mouth. He also had a cigar, poured wine, and opened a book that had even more fish in it. Don't worry, I'm just as baffled as you are.

To see more information on the actual event, check out engadget. They also witnessed the David Blaine fish-tank act...you know, in case you're actually curious.

Source/Picture: engadget.com

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