Kyocera Returns To Smartphone Market With Android-Powered Zio M6000

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Today is the day for Android-related news. We've already heard announcements from Samsung and Sprint/HTC. In an attempt to return to the smartphone space, Kyocera revealed its own Android-powered smartphone today. The new Kyocera Zio M6000 will launch in the second quarter and feature a 3.5-inch WVGA motion enhanced touchscreen display as well as a 3.2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 256MB of internal memory.

Kyocera Reveals the Human Side of Android with the Kyocera Zio M6000 Smartphone

LAS VEGAS--Kyocera Communications Inc., provider of Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless devices, today added a human touch to the high-tech smartphone market with the introduction of the Kyocera Zio™ M6000 Android™ smartphone at the CTIA Wireless 2010 trade show. Zio blends an elegant design with an ultra-intuitive user interface to unlock the vast array of content and applications in Android Market™. Zio, which marks Kyocera’s return to the smartphone space it helped to create nearly a decade ago with the release of two Palm-based smartphones, will launch in Q2.

Zio (pronounced Zi -O) uses CDMA2000 1xEV-DO rev. A and Wi-Fi network technologies and features an impressive, high-resolution 3.5-inch WVGA motion-enhanced, touch-screen display as a backdrop for a fully customizable mobile multimedia experience. Along with the touch-screen, an intuitive, effortless trackball helps users navigate features such as the 3.2 MP camera with 30fps video record/playback, media player, full HTML web browser, Google Maps™ and countless widgets and applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Open Table and more available in Android Market. Zio offers substantial user-available internal memory (256MB) and supports an additional 32GB through its microSD memory slot. And, no smartphone would be complete without an ambient light sensor and accelerometer for easy viewing virtually any way, anywhere.

“Returning to the smartphone space with a compelling Android-based device makes Zio a milestone product for Kyocera,” said Eric Anderson, vice president of sales at Kyocera Communications Inc. “We’ve received great feedback about this phone from our customers and we’re confident that consumers will embrace it just as warmly.”

The phone’s other key features include a virtual QWERTY keypad, advanced voice dialing, a superior speakerphone, stereo Bluetooth® and 3.5mm stereo headset jack, USB 2.0, and a dedicated camera key to have fun with apps such as PhotoVault and Google Goggles™. The handset measures in at 116 x 58.6 x 12.2 mm and has a talk time of up to 6 hours and standby of up to 18 days. Zio supports AAC, AAC+, eAAC and MP3 audio formats; H263, H264 and MPEG4 video formats; and BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, and SVG-Tiny image formats.

“Zio stands apart among Android devices because we intentionally set out to humanize this advanced technology and make it accessible and approachable for any consumer – without sacrificing functionality or style,” said Tom Maguire, head of global marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc. “We’re confident that Zio is the ideal platform to bring the power and customization of Android to an entirely new audience.”
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Inspector replied on Tue, Mar 23 2010 11:06 PM

ha :D it truly is the android related news day :).  If they could only have all these androids combines :). The sprint 3G/4G this screen and(um whats samsung offering? :D lol) I like hte trackball :) they should add it to the iphone xD its hard to scroll though a website with one hand or click a link :)



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digitaldd replied on Wed, Mar 24 2010 9:03 AM

This phone is sexy I must admit. Too bad Kyocera tends to fail with most of their products. usually they skimp somewhere and this thing will end up having an underpowered processor for Android or something similar.

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realneil replied on Wed, Mar 24 2010 9:07 AM

My brother had a phone made by them that fell apart and had regular problems. He finally bought something else and actually shot his Kyocera phone with his 9mm handgun. It was a hoot.

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I wonder how much Lucas gets for the sale of each phone, for each airing of a commercial and other advertisement? Hopefully he can make enough to bring production of the Clone Wars to the USA !

I love how companies always try to tout how much they try and stand out from other products and how they are trying to produce advanced technology? Lets face it, everyone is trying to replicate the IPhone.

It is interesting that this phone supports H264 and MP4, but seriously why? Most of the time those types of files take up alot of space, and are they really necessary on a 3.5" screen. I would probably be more interested in the next generation watch/phone, or wristband TV/phones, or something along those lines. Now if this thing had an HD camera that could shoot 1080p, so you can create the next blockbuster on your phone? Then it would stand out and be intriguing.

Comparatively, this is a really nice phone. It will probably stand up very nicely against the IPhone. Although with all the other iterations of IPhone like phones coming out. It will be more interesting to see how this plays out on the carrier front. Maybe this will end up being one of those packaged pay-as-you-go phones, or be offered for free with a contract. Then if offered on the right carrier with the right features, we will see who emerges victorious.

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