For it 5th birthday, Kyocera launched several new devices during the CTIA exhibit. The new flagship will be the Slider Remix KX5. It is the successor of the very successful SE47/V5 Slider. The display has been upgraded from 128 x 128 STN with 65k colors to 176 x 220 TFT with 262k colors. The dimensions have been kept pretty much the same, with the KX5 being a little bit longer. Added is 1.3 mega pixel camera with video capture and LED flash. TransFlash port is also included in addition to the 16mb of embedded memory. The KX5 will be Kyocera's first phone which could support BREW or JAVA depending on which carrier has it. MP3 and AAC music playback is also included.
Kyocera KX5 Slider
Kyocera KX9 is actually the successor SOHO / KX1 and it is designed to function mainly as to be easy to use voice-centric phone.
The phones introduced during CTIA are just about half of the devices which Kyocera will introduce this year. Expect the rest to appear sometime in middle 2005.
One of the interesting accessories we previewed during CTIA 2005 is the Kyocera KR1 EV-DO router. It does not have embedded EV-DO functionality, but accepts PCMCIA EV-DO cards. The bandwidth then is distributed via WI-FI or Ethernet to multiple computers.
K500 game pad is created in collaboration with Alienware company best known the custom made high performance PCs. The keypad is designed to work with the new KX5 phone.
Our last news about Kyocera is that they will supply AMP'd Mobile with low end EV-DO phones, while Motorola has been chosen to take care of the higher end. AMP'd Mobile is the first MVNO to work on Verizon's EV-DO high speed data.