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Kyocera "Strobe" Messaging Phone
Posted: 06-Jan-2006 [Source: Kyocera]

[New Kyocera Strobe handset features a candy-bar design that opens lengthwise to reveal a second color display and full QWERTY keyboard.]

Las Vegas -- Kyocera Wireless unveiled the new Strobe(TM) wireless handset at the Consumer Electronics Show. Strobe features a curved, stylish candy-bar design that opens lengthwise to reveal a second color display and full QWERTY keyboard inside, making it ideal for text messaging, email and instant messaging (IM). In consumer testing, Strobe has drawn raves from younger demographics, impressed by its combination of fun features, style and an expected price-point below other similarly featured devices on the market today. Strobe is expected to launch at CDMA carriers globally in Q2 2006.

From the outside, Strobe's hourglass figure and loop antenna set it apart. A quick flip of a thumb, however, reveals the QWERTY keypad and larger color screen for optimal viewing of games, photos and much more. A unique feature allows users to alternate between the open and closed modes as many times as they like during a session without disrupting the phone's basic functionality. Shutterbugs won't miss a shot using Strobe's simple VGA camera with a flash, dedicated camera button and digital zoom. And multimedia messaging service (MMS) makes sending pictures a breeze.(a)

Strobe includes a WAP 2.0 browser, built-in polyphonic ring tones, screen savers and caller alerts. Convenience features include a contact directory and voice-activated dialing. Productivity tools include scheduler, calculator, alarm clock, stopwatch, tip calculator, countdown timer and voice memos.

Strobe is CDMA2000 1X enabled and will be offered to carriers with JAVA or BREW software to support downloading of games, ringtones and much more to further personalize the handset.

The Kyocera Strobe measures 4.24 in x 2.05 in x .95 in (108 mm x 52 mm x 24 mm) and weighs 4.0 oz (115 grams). It has up to 3 hours of talk time, and up to 150 hours of standby. A complete line of Genuine Accessories by Kyocera(TM) will also be available for Strobe, including a new Sport Strap that's perfect for tethering the phone to a backpack.

Strobe will reach the retail market in Q2 2006 and wireless service providers who offer the phone will set their respective retail prices. For more information on Strobe or other upcoming phones from Kyocera Wireless, visit


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