Kyocera is planning on releasing a new device to join the Echo in Sprint’s smartphone lineup. The Kyocera Milano, however, unlike the Echo, will forego the unique form factor for a more generic look and feel. The Kyocera Milano will be a midrange Android-powered offering, that will have its price as one of its main features.
Alongside that, though, will also be a side-sliding full physical QWERTY keyboard. So the Milano is clearly aimed at the texting-addicted youngsters, perhaps even to those older who like to shoot an email off their phone now and again.
But other than that, it’s a no frills phone really. Nothing high-end or bragworthy about it, so the early adopter crowd will surely steer clear of it. The Milano will have an 800 MHz processor, a 3-inch touchscreen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, 512 MB of ROM, 512 MB of RAM, microSD card support (with a 2 GB unit included in the sales package), stereo Bluetooth, 3G (no 4G WiMax here), and a 1340 mAh battery. The Kyocera Milano runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
According to the leaked flyer you can see above, the Kyocera Milano will become available at Sprint on September 9 for $49.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) with a new two-year contract. So it’s anything but expensive.
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