Kyocera raised its profile earlier this year whenits first Android handset at CTIA. At the time we knew that Cricket would offer the (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.