Cricket teases us with Kyocera Zio

Four months after its unveiling at CTIA, Cricket launches a teaser page for the upcoming Zio M6000, Kyocera's first Android phone.


Kyocera raised its profile earlier this year when it announced its first Android handset at CTIA. At the time we knew that Cricket would offer the Zio M6000 (pronounced Zeye-oh), but it wasn't until this week that the carrier offered the first signs of availability.

We still don't know a price, but you can sign up on Cricket's Web site to be notified when the smartphone goes on sale. You'll also get a coupon for free overnight shipping.

As a reminder, the Zio has a candy bar design with a 3.5-inch, 262,000-color touch screen and a virtual keyboard. The feature set won't overwhelm, but it's respectable for a smartphone. Inside you'll find a 3.2-megapixel camera, a video player with 30-frames-per-second playback, Wi-Fi, voice dialing, a music player, a digital compass, a full HTML browser, stereo Bluetooth, assisted GPS, support for 3G EV-DO networks, and the usual Google applications. We're not pleased that it's stuck on Android 1.6, though.

Once it becomes available, we'll offer our full review.

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