My first smartphone was a Palm-based Kyocera 7135, and I loved it dearly, so I’m glad to see Kyocera back in the smartphone race with the Zio M6000. While at first glance there’s nothing truly remarkable about the Zio, wait until you see how cheap it is. Read on for the details.
Under the hood there’s a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 CPU, EVDO Rev. A and WiFi connectivity, 3.5-inch (800×480) display, 3.2-megapixel camera with 30fps video recording and stereo Bluetooth. The meagre 512MB of storage can thankfully be sorted with a microSDHC card of up to 32GB.
The Zio is running Android 1.6, but Kyocera tells us that users will be able to upgrade to Android 2.1 themselves.
Oh, and that price? You’re looking at under $220 unsubsidized, so expect the Zio to be dirt cheap by the time carriers have their way with it some time in Q2 this year.