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Sprint announces entry-level Kyocera Milano

The $50 Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset doesn't offer a lot of features, but its basic design should appeal to new smartphone buyers.

The entry-level Kyocera Milano should appeal to new smart phone buyers. Sprint

Sprint announced its latest Android handset today, the affordable Android 2.3-powered Kyocera Milano.

The phone, which will be available in stores and online tomorrow, features a sliding QWERTY keyboard, a 3.5-inch display, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. Other details include 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, a 2GB microSD card, and support for Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi, (802.11 b/g/n).

For software, the Milano comes preloaded with the carrier's standard services, including Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV & Movies, and NASCAR. Like many of Sprint's entry-level Android handsets, the device supports the customizable software bundles in Sprint ID. The Milano also features a proprietary power management system known as Eco Mode and a Swype custom keyboard.

Considering the attractive price tag, the handset should be appealing to new smartphone buyers. Android 2.3 ensures the phone can run today's latest apps and games, while the Sprint ID packs let users tailor their experience to their liking. The Kyocera Milano will cost $49.99 with a qualified two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card.

Sprint today also announced the messaging-centric Kyocera Brio.

Kyocera Milano