Dual-Screen Android Device Surfaces, Challenges Echo

Remember the Kyocera Echo? Unfortunately, so do we. From the beginning, the concept of a dual-screen device seemed like a good idea, but only if the right company manufactured it.. Obviously, Kyocera was not the right company. But now the guys over at Engadget have gotten their hands on a prototype of a new dual-screen Android device. It’s made by two companies, Imerj, and Frog (formerly Frog Design). Upon first glance, it looks remarkably like the Echo. But after closer inspection, we can tell that this prototype isn’t what it seems.

The first thing that this nameless device does better is open, with a simple folding hinge much like  the Moto Backflip. It’s sporting two 4-inch AMOLED screens, a dual-core processor of unknown speed, Gingerbread, 32GB of internal storage, and a single 5MP camera that doubles as a rear- and front-facing camera. It’s worth noting that future models may ship with as much storage as 128GB, which should give us an idea as to their target market. According to the guys at Engadget, the device feels “solid”, unlike the plastic-y feel of the Echo. Upon watching the short review video, it’s easy to tell that the software is already better on this prototype than on the Echo, with gestures akin to WebOS, and a nice-looking UI.

I could go on and on about how much better this device is than it’s Kyocera nemesis, but I’ll stop there and encourage you to watch the official video below, which gives an brief look at the device. Hopefully we’ll learn more about this prototype, specifically when (or if) it’ll land here in the States. More on this as it develops. So, what do you think about this competitor to the Echo? Impressed? Hate the idea of a dual-screen device altogether? Leave a comment below, or on our Facebook Wall!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbhaWn_AWQw[/youtube]

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7 Comments

  1. David
    June 24, 00:32 Reply

    Wow, I am actually pretty impressed by that.

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 06:43 Reply

      It is pretty impressive, David. They’re not the first to develop a dual-screen device, but they may be the best at it. Love the WebOS gestures they built into the device. Excited to see where this goes.

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 06:43 Reply

      It is pretty impressive, David. They’re not the first to develop a dual-screen device, but they may be the best at it. Love the WebOS gestures they built into the device. Excited to see where this goes.

  2. mehek
    June 24, 01:07 Reply

    WOW.. The coolest thinh I have ever seen..

  3. GiqueGuy
    June 24, 03:40 Reply

    I dig it !  This opens up a whole new realm of functionality IF it is correctly developed.  I mean, look at how many people now use (at least) 2 screens at work ?  The ability to maintain communication avenues concurrently with another app (spreadsheet, game, etc.) could be another genre-busting development.

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