Kyocera Zio M6000 to offer Google Android on the cheap

Kyocera Zio Android Smartphone

The phenomenon may have started with a single handset from HTC, but the world of Google Android has really started to hit the ground running with support from several other major manufacturers. Likely approaching the more affordable end of the scale is the newly revealed Kyocera Zio M6000.  No relation to an Italian uncle.

It has been some time since we have seen something from Kyocera, but it seems that the company who shares a joint venture with Sanyo is prepared to re-enter the smartphone market. In recent years, they stayed focused largely on budget-minded handsets for so-called “second-tier” wireless carriers in Canada and the United States. The idea was to offer decent features, but at an even lower price.

More likely than not, the Kyocera Zio M6000 will continue with this kind of trend, but it’ll toss in the smartphone goodness that Google Android brings to the table. The spec sheet includes a 3.5″ WVGA touchscreen display, 3G CDMA, 3.2MP camera, Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor, Bluetooth, WiFi, and a Nexus One-esque trackball.

The phone will ship with Android 1.6, from what we can gather, but they note that it is upgradeable to Android 2.1. There is no physical keyboard, following in the touchscreen-only interface that we’ve come to expect from the iPhone, HTC Hero, and Samsung Galaxy.

The expectation is that the Kyocera Zio M6000 will sell for somewhere between $169 and $216, representing the lowest price point for a phone of this ilk. That’s the sans-contract price, folks. Subsidized, you could be looking at an Android phone for free!


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2 Comments

  1. Mel says:

    Wow, a sleek Android phone at the same price as a lower end Nokia phone! Would relying on SD cards make the device more sluggish though? If they do this right, Apple has to come with a revolutioray new iPhone this June/July in order for people to remain willing to pay a premium (assuming Apple won’t enter the $200 price range). It just shows that a touch phone with a decent OS, a good app store and full MS Exchange support is no longer a luxury but a commodity.

  2. If you’re photographer you know excellent little camera which Kyocera produced. Provided that this coming phone will have the same outstanding build quality, it worth looking at it!

    http://www.epinions.com/reviews/pr-Yashica_T4_Super_Weatherproof_Date_35mm_Point_and_Shoot_Camera

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