Kyocera has rarely dived into the smartphone realm, but this time around, they intend to make a substantial entrance with their Android-powered Kyocera Zio M6000. No, this isn't the typical Kyocera handset we see grace the lineup of many prepaid wireless providers. Instead, this Android 1.6 smartphone dives straight to the heart of the competition around the mid-range segment with its 3.5” WVGA touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Flaunting some decent specs, we had some mixed feelings surrounding its build quality. Just holding the device in our hand, we noticed the plastic nature of the handset – although it does look a bit more streamlined than other comparable phones that sport a rather respectable 3.5” touchscreen. When you think about it more, the Zio's detailed display stands out more than anything else considering that it'll be marketed as a lower-end smart phone. Right now however, there is no info on which carrier will end up siding with the smartphone.
Naturally, the Android 1.6 device still needs some work as there are some performance issues that we noticed. Scrolling through a web page still felt laborious while there was a decent amount of lag encountered just attempting to navigate on the device. Still, we hope the 600 MHz processor inside will be able to deliver smooth performance once the hardware and software are final. After all, it's Kyocera's first crack at the Android platform and it needs to be as polished as possible.
Ultimately, the Kyocera Zio M6000 is a huge leap for the company – which is of course known more for its low- to mid-range handsets. Even though the Zio clearly jumps right into the thick of battle, you can still sense those design elements that attempt to exemplify it as a premium handset. Unfortunately, its choice of materials and workmanship isn't of highest quality. Nonetheless, the Kyocera Zio emphasizes itself as a quality product that will be attached with an inexpensive price tag – which is where it'll undoubtedly make its appeal.