Kyocera Zio M6000 Likely Headed to Sprint

Handset maker Kyocera was in Las Vegas last week to show off their new Android-based Zio M6000.  Touted as a mass-market device for first-time smart phone buyers, it’s rumored to land on Sprint at around $99 with a contract.  This marks the first smart phone from Kyocera in over five years and comes roughly two years after merging business with Sanyo.  As many of you might already know, Sanyo handsets were a longtime staple in the Sprint lineup.

The Zio M6000 features Android 1.6, a 3.5-inch touch display, a 3.2-megapixel camera, microSD slot, WiFi, and a host of other specs increasingly common in Android phones.  Kyocera plans to have the handset on a nationwide US carrier by the 3rd quarter of 2010 and expects to have Android 2.1 as well. By that point, Android enthusiasts will likely scoff at the phone, but that’s fine with Kyocera.  They are not going after the early adopters and tech junkies.  The plan is to appeal to those who have never owned a smart phone and/or have a tight budget.

I spent some time playing with the phone at CTIA and found it to be rather unremarkable.  The ho-hum specs and form factor did little to excite me.  That’s not to say, however, that it wouldn’t have broad appeal with the right price point and rate plan.  At $99, the Zio M6000 could have a very difficult time contending with the likes of HTC, Samsung, and Motorola.  Considering the potential competition in the second half of the year, I’d like to see this in the $0-$50 price range when it arrives.

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  • Brittany

    It's coming to Cricket

    • Malcolm

      You sound very sure, Brittany. I hope you are right so I can drop Tmobile to save even more money. The G1 is still nice but a lower price and android is still nicer.

  • First the phone was rumored to be available with Cricket and now the rumor mill sends it to Sprint. At the price of $99 on contract.

    I believe Zio has a great potential to become the first free-on-contract-with-a-nationwide-carrier Android phone. That's where Kyocera can make the headlines. More importantly, it will expand Android into a totally new market currently dominated by feature phones.

    Zio comes with a pristine Android 1.6 installation and a standard 480×320 display, which means most Android Market applications will just work. Whatever is written for G1 will work on Zio.

    Whatever bland the specs may sound, the phone is a developer paradise. It just needs to be free.

    Kind regards,
    Borys Burnayev
    GTD for Android and Web

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