The inventor of the smartphone (at least Kyocera was the first to call a smart mobile phone a smartphone) Kyocera Communications Inc., returns to the smartphone market when it announced the the Kyocera Zio M6000 Android smartphone at the CTIA Wireless 2010 trade show today. The Zio blends an elegant design with an ultra-intuitive user interface. Made for the American market only, the Zio runs Android 1.6 and supports CDMA2000 1xEV-DO rev. A as well as WiFi and Bluetooth and features an impressive, high-resolution 3.5" WVGA motion-enhanced, touchscreen display as a backdrop for a fully customizable mobile multimedia experience.
Along with the touchscreen, an intuitive, effortless trackball helps users navigate features such as the 3.2 megapixel camera with 30 fps 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.
The Zio offers substantial user-available internal memory (256 MB) and supports an additional 32 GB 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. The phone's other key features include a virtual QWERTY keypad, advanced voice dialing, a superior speakerphone, stereo Bluetooth and 3.5 mm 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.
The 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 in North America. However, Kyocera did no say if or when and which U.S. carriers will offer the Zio.
Cheers ~ Arne