LG seems to be launching smaller phones of its current flagships. After anouncing the LG Q6, which is basically a budget version of their LG G6, the Korean smartphone maker is now introducing the LG Q8, which is a “mini flagship” version of its LG V20 phablet.
MediaTek’s new Helio X30 processor was suppose to elevate its game into the flagship smartphone segment. With 10 cores and based on a 10nm fabrication process, the Helio X30 was meant to compete with Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 835 processor.
Unfortunately, months have passed and most smartphone brands have opted for Qualcomm’s flagship offering. Now it turns out that Chinese smartphone brand, Meizu is giving a shot at MediaTek’s top processor with its new upcoming flagship, the Pro 7. Apart from having dual-cameras, the new Meizu Pro 7 also comes with a dual-screen design which is different from what’s available at the moment.
Having two screens on a mobile phone would be better than having one right? Maybe, and that’s the logic behind this latest Android phone to hit the market. The Kyocera Echo’s claim to fame is its unique dual-touchscreen setup consisting of two 3.5 inch 480×800 screens on two separate halves linked together with a proprietary hinge that’s made out of titanium which is developed in-house by Kyocera.
Hardware wise, the Echo packs a second generation 1GHz Snapdragon processor (QSD 8650) running Froyo (Android 2.2). There’s 1GB of on-board storage and an 8GB micro SD card included in the box (the micro SD card slot support cards up to 32GB).
If you’re wondering why the Echo is running a slightly dated Android OS it’s because Kyocera says that the dual screen interface required extensive customisation to the seven core native apps which includes the messaging, browser and email apps so that the user can utilise both screens when using these applications.