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Kyocera Zio, the Company’s Return to the Phone Biz, Android 2.1 Included

Kyocera hasn’t been making new phones for years, but the Zio model, that was just announced yesterday is here to argue with that statement. This is a low cost Android smartphone that will hit the US this Spring. Zio’s specs aren’t that amazing, if you consider what HTC is announcing these days, but still they’re pretty decent, as you can see after the break.

Kyocera Zio features a 800 x 480 pixel wide screen, a sleek design and its price is expected to be somewhere between $169 and $216 without contract. The previously mentioned display is a 3.5 inch unit and we have to mention that the device lacks a physical keyboard, but it does pack a trackball right beneath the screen.

Inside Zio there’s a 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 CPU, just like the one on Motorola Devour, a pretty strange choice for the beautiful screen on this device. Kyocera’s newcomer may run Android 1.6, but it’ll be upgradable to Android 2.1, according to its maker.

Also on board you’ll find a 3.2 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity, stereo Bluetooth, WiFi, a memory card slot and 512MB of memory.

[via pcmag]