Feb 21st, 2011

More crazy rumors coming out of the Sony camp today. This time, a clamshell form-factor device named the Sony S2 seems to be in the works, according to reports received by Engadget. This is what the Kyocera Echo should have been, if their specs are accurate.

This thing sports two 5.5-inch displays, a Tegra 2 processor, front and rear-facing cameras, and all of the other usual bits you’d expect in a phone. And not unlike the Echo, the idea here is to utilize the two displays for the same applications. In Maps, for instance, you’d have detailed turn-by-turn navigation on one side, while a bigger atlas type of map remains on the other.

It’s expected to hit the US, Europe, and Japan sometime before the end of the year starting at $700. Engadget’s source says the company doesn’t feel too excited about this internally, and I can already see why. The clamshell form factor would have been fine if the outer surfaces were flat, but an ovaled shape doesn’t do well for pocketability, and it just doesn’t look great if this rough sketch is anything to go by.

I can’t form an accurate opinion, though, considering I don’t know if this thing even really exists, but this sounds like it’ll be near the bottom of our list of devices we think will change the tablet game up. [Engadget]

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