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Kyocera outs third-gen QWERTY, new slider handsets

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Wed April 1, 2009

Kyocera phones at CTIA

Kyocera at CTIA today announced a pair of new CDMA handsets for North America with the G2GO ("Good-to-Go") M2000 and Laylo M1400. The former is the company's third-generation QWERTY-equipped handset that comes in a horizontally-sliding form factor, while the latter is a more common vertical slider with a regular keypad. The G2GO M2000 is meant for heavy text- and instant-messaging uses and is due to replace the Lingo M1000 handset. The phone has Bluetooth support and a 1.3-megapixel camera and has dedicated keys for zooming into and out of and editing photos. An accelerometer switches the orientation of the 2.4-inch 240x320 display as needed.

The M2000 has a built-in music player with its own keys and playlist management, while a microSD card slot allows users to add as much as 8GB of music. The phone supports Java and BREW 3.1.5 web applications and games, while voice recognition lets users make calls truly handsfree. The battery is rated at more than four hours of talk time and as much as 200 hours of standby time.

The Kyocera Laylo M1400 has a 2.2-inch 240x320 display. Its rear panel houses a slide-out self-portrait vanity mirror and a VGA camera with digital zoom. Bluetooth 2.0 is built-in, as is a WAP 2.0 browser with the same Java and BREW 3.1.5 compatibility as the larger handset. The battery life is slightly shorter, at 3 hours and 20 minutes of talk time and 200 hours of standby time.

Kyocera has not released launch dates or pricing information for either handset.

Kyocera G2GO M2000

Kyocera Laylo M1400

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