Kyocera Echo Passes the FCC, Dual-Screen Android Release Date Still Uncertain

Just like a true sleight of hand trick, no sooner was the Kyocera Echo magically revealed than it disappeared from view with little mention since from Sprint. While no certain release date has been tacked down just yet, it looks like the handset is moving forward towards release with a recent FCC filing.

We weren’t huge fans of the Kyocera Echo when we had a chance to check it out at its New York launch event. Though the handset uses an innovative two screen approach, its buggy interface and poor battery life left room for David Blane’s underwater antics to steal the show. With a big presence expected from Sprint at the upcoming CTIA show in Orlando, we will no doubt have another chance to try out the Echo, hopefully with the kinks worked out by now.

[FCC via AndroidCommunity]

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  • Steve

    I wish something like this would come out for GSM networks.

  • PimpStrong

    It disappeared because Sprint read how many people think this phone is DOA.

  • Nlsme

    Gimicky phones wont help you sprint.

  • Chris

    *Yawn* Innovative? Looks like a DS phone to me…

  • Richard Yarrell

    Why can’t @PimpStrong…. Just vanish

  • DrizzyGadget

    I hope it never comes out.

  • PleaseBeOnSprint

    I am still holding out hope that the Sprint executive board fires everyone that had anything to do with this phone. Then they need to be tried in a court of their peers for crimes against humanity.

  • hates this website

    Rumor is Dan Hesse was thinking this would be an iphone killer

  • 3 Phones

    So Funny how so many people cried and boo hooed when this phone was announced. Then quickly wiped their tears when talk of Nexus S 4G and EVO 3D hit the streets. Ive been with Sprint 11 years now…an out of the box concept is something that Sprint is well known to try every now and then. Other Carriers are scared to do that. Sprint doesnt care if they sell 50 of these or 100,000..point is, they know there are some folks that are willing to give this phone an honest look. People that are quick to have negative comments about it probably signed up when the EVO came out and dont know the long history of Crazy phones.

    Sprint Will Dominate CTIA.

  • PimpStrong

    Funny how Richard Yarrell points me out like I’m the only one raggin’ on this phone.

  • ari-free

    look, people need to innovate and come out with crazy stuff even if it doesn’t make sense to most people.

  • j

    Worst smartphone fail since Kin. Worst Android fail EVER.

  • ironhorseblues

    very few are bad mouthing the concept what is disappointing are the specs. this phone for having dual screens is underpowered.
    this phone would get some respect if dual core with one gb of ram.

  • lost

    the review mentions that it’s buggy and has poor battery life… those two are huge show stoppers. The concept is intriguing, but looks like it will take a while to work out the kinks. I don’t have experience with Kyocera (at least haven’ had a branded phone from them), so I’m concerned about how quickly they will fix issues as they come up.
    Sprint and T-Mobile, being the smaller companies take the most chances on new hardware. Some of it is good, some of it it’s not. If you can look back at the phone that VZW used to have… they were…zzz.. what’s going on?

  • hawki8624

    Sprint can go to hell for screwing their customers. With the new premier status bull shit.

  • ari-free

    The real problem is if it took the place of other, more interesting phones that will be on other carriers.

  • GoAtrix

    this phone sucks just like sprint does!!!!

  • GoAtrix

    This phone sucks just like Sprint does!!!!!

  • carmendiva

    i never understand why every android phone that is released that is not of the standards of Evo, Droid, Atrix, Thunderbolt, etc status gets ragged on lol. Every android device that comes out is not going to be a powerhouse and top of the line phone and people literally get pissy when they release phones like this LMAO. I just sit back and laugh because ppl take this phone stuff WAY TO SERIOUS haha and it’s kind of sad

  • bigell33

    sprint said that the echo will be out on may 15 for the reg price of $549.99 off contract and $299.99 with a $100.00 mail in rebate leave the price at $199.99 or just go into bestbuy with $199.99 and come out working…….

  • epicurean

    So now we know that “passing FCC” is really a euphamism for “it passed the Carrier IQ test”

  • ari-free

    goatrix, at least Sprint doesn’t cripple upload speeds and block sideloading. Unlike this other carrier…

  • Jorjy

    It’s just a phone…and sprint is just a phone company. My blood pressure rose just reading all these angry posts. Personally, I’ll get it to check it out for a few months, then I will give it to my son, go back to my Evo, and get on with life. Sheesh, people…take a load off.

  • As.if

    wow you all have issues seriously, you know what, i have an advice for all you wannabes; go crawl under a rock… Innovation is limitless, your opinions about Sprint and their fearless antics are worthless.