Kyocera Planning Smartphone with MP3 Player, SD Slot (Updated)
Kyocera is planning to release the 7135, a smartphone with an SD card slot and an MP3 player. It will support CDMA 2000 1X, meaning it can transfer data at up to 153 Kbps.
The device will have a clamshell shape with a color screen on one side and the Graffiti area, buttons, and a number pad on the other. The 7135 is expected to cost about $500 with a service plan and be available the fourth quarter of this year.
Update: Someone at TechXNY was able to learn that, contrary to what Kyocera's info on this device says, the 7135's screen is 160 by 160, not high resolution.
Update: An initial review of the 7135 is available.
It is 3.97 by 2.43 by 1.17 inches (100.8 by 61.6 by 29.7 mm). It weighs 6.6 ounces (186 grams).
The 7135 runs Palm OS 4.1 and has 16 MB of RAM. As mentioned earlier, it has an SD/MMC slot for external data storage. It is not yet known if it supports SDIO.
According to Kyocera it has a high-resolution screen, though the exact resolution is not yet known, though it appears to 320 by 320. The screen is 16-bit color, allowing it to display up to 65,000 colors.
It can play MP3 music files and has a stereo headset jack. It has a silent, vibrating alert and can also record voice memos. It can be HotSynced via either a USB or serial connection.
Kyocera promises there will be a folding keyboard available for this model.
The 7135 includes CDMA2000 1X technology, giving it a theoretical download speed of up to 153 Kbps. Of course, this requires a CDMA2000 wireless network, none of which are available yet. Fortunately, it isn't limited to just that. It is a Trimode device: CDMA digital PCS, CDMA digital cellular, and analog.
It offers external caller ID, voice-activated dialing, and a hands-free speakerphone. The Tap-n-Dial feature allows automatic dialing of contacts directly from the Address Book.
The 7135 will have up to 3.5 hours of talk time, and a standby time of up to 160 hours.
Last week, Samsung began demonstrating the Bluechip, a smartphone with a very similar clamshell design. It also received FCC permission to sell the SPH-i330, a smartphone with a more traditional shape.
If this seems familiar, information about this smartphone was leaked last month, only to be suppressed by Kyocera's lawyers. Thanks to Kevin Crossman for the tip and Barton Gellman for his help with the article. -Ed
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