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Kyocera intros new handset line-up at CTIA
Posted: 05-Apr-2006 [Source: Kyocera]

[Kyocera intros the K822 music-centric phone, the K342 camera phone, and the K320 Series featuring distinct industrial designs, and the previously announced K352 - an 800 MHz ultra-thin, candybar-style music phone.]

CTIA, Las Vegas -- Kyocera Wireless Corp. today announced three new wireless handset series at the CTIA Wireless 2006 trade show. The lineup of new handsets is highlighted by the K822, a music-lover's dream. The phone captures the true essence of a digital music player, with Microsoft Windows Media Audio and Windows Media Digital Rights Management support and an FM radio, complemented by external music control buttons and built-in stereo speakers. Next is the K342, a 1.3 megapixel camera phone with zoom, flash, a dedicated camera button and a number of advanced camera features. Also making its debut is the elegantly simple K320 Series, an affordable product platform that offers multiple industrial designs, feature sets and even the option of push-to-talk capability. While already announced outside the United States, the CTIA Wireless show marks the domestic debut of the K352, an 800 MHz-only ultra-thin bar-style music phone for international markets.

Kyocera K822

A perfect phone for audiophiles -- the Kyocera K822 is a stylish, feature-rich handset that delivers a high-quality music experience, whether listening to digital music on the music player that supports MP3, AAC/AAC+ and WMA/Windows Media DRM technology or tuning in the FM radio on the phone's built-in stereo speakers. Expandable MicroSD memory, with cards available up to 512 megabytes, accommodates hours of music, whether at the gym or on the road. Bluetooth wireless technology enables wireless stereo headsets and numerous other wireless accessories announced by Kyocera Wireless at the CTIA Wireless trade show.

Extending its entertainment value, the K822 offers video record and playback and a large, vivid TFT display ideally suited to music videos, gaming, photos and more. An external color display supports photo caller ID with images loaded onto the phone or taken with its 1.3 megapixel camera with a dedicated camera button, integrated flash and digital zoom. Kyocera will offer the phone with either BREW(TM) 3.1.4 or JAVA(TM) MIDP 2.0, allowing users to easily download a wide selection of music, games, ringers, contacts and more. The phone's extensive productivity tools include room for 500 contacts, loud and clear speakerphone, and easy file transfer via USB or serial cable. Measuring 3.5 x 1.8 x 1 inches, and weighing 4 oz., the K822 has a talk time of up to four hours and standby time of up to 163 hours and is scheduled to launch with CDMA carriers in Q3 2006.

Kyocera K320/K340 Series

Understanding the diverse needs of carriers and consumers alike, Kyocera Wireless introduced several options in mid-tier camera phones. The Kyocera K320 Series, with two distinct industrial designs, is perfect for the multitasking family member seeking a stylish, affordable, easy-to-use camera phone. This sleek color clamshell offers true convenience, with an easy-access speakerphone, side volume controls and a full array of productivity tools. The K320 Series features Bluetooth wireless technology, a VGA camera with a dedicated camera button, external caller ID and a larger internal display that is ideal for Kyocera's renowned pinwheel user interface. Its small, compact styling and internal antenna make it easy to drop into a pocket or backpack. Kyocera Wireless will also make available a version of the K320 Series with push-to-talk walkie-talkie capabilities, including a dedicated push-to-talk button. Measuring 3.54 x 1.81 x .92 inches and weighing 3.4 oz., the K320 Series has a talk time of up to 3.5 hours, standby time of up to 165 hours and will be available in Q2 2006.

For those looking to step up to an even more feature-rich phone at an affordable price-point, the K340 Series is made for those who crave convenience with some extra high-performance mobile features. The stylish, color clamshell design builds on the K320 Series by offering the same array of features plus a 1.3 megapixel camera with video record and playback and a color external display for photo caller ID. The phone's camera includes a number of advanced photo-taking options including multi-shot adjustment, auto focus, self timer, resolution adjustment, white balance, color effects and fun frames. The feature set is rounded out by advanced voice recognition, speakerphone, a WAP browser, BREW 3.1.4 and more. Measuring 3.54 x 1.81 x .92 inches and weighing 3.4 ounces, Kyocera K342 has a talk time of up to 3.5 hours, standby time of up to 165 hours and will be available globally with CDMA carriers in Q3 2006.

Kyocera K352

The Kyocera K352, built for international 800 MHz CDMA markets, is an ultra-slim, bar-style music phone for the young, urban set seeking an affordable, feature-packed handset. A music player with dedicated control buttons and 256 megabytes of onboard memory mean hours of music at the user's fingertips, while USB 2.0 support makes it a breeze to manage the play list from a PC. The phone will ship with a hands-free stereo headset, a $25 retail value. Rounded out with a VGA camera, large 1.8-inch display and full data capabilities, the K352 is just what the hipster on a budget needs. Measuring 4.13 x 1.71 x 0.6 inches and weighing just three ounces, Kyocera K352 has a talk time of up to 170 minutes and standby time of up to 121 hours. It will launch with international CDMA carriers in Q3 2006.

Other News from Kyocera Wireless

New handsets were not the only news from Kyocera Wireless at the CTIA Wireless 2006 show. To support its new handsets, Kyocera Wireless also used the show to announce a wide range of Genuine Accessories by Kyocera(TM), including a complete selection of universal Bluetooth-enabled accessories. Stereo headsets and hands-free kits were complemented by fun new accessories like sunglasses and a Bluetooth-enabled rear view mirror for the car. Demonstrating its commitment to advanced technologies, Kyocera demonstrated prototype handsets showcasing Wi-Fi/CDMA convergence along with Qualcomm's MediaFLO(TM) and uiOne(TM) technologies. The company also announced a proprietary new secure battery technology aimed at defeating counterfeiters and protecting consumers.

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