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Kyocera Zio, Novatel MiFi due to hit Cricket in summer

updated 04:20 pm EDT, Tue March 30, 2010

Cricket 2010 hardware releases leaked out

A leaked set of slides from pay-as-you-go carrier Cricket reveal prices and approximate release dates for upcoming hardware from the carrier. The highlight is Cricket's first Android-powered smartphone, Kyocera's Zio M6000 introduced at CTIA. The slides reveal the 3.5-inch device will arrive at Cricket sometime in July and be priced at $300. It is otherwise expected to be preloaded with Android 1.6.

At the same time, the Huawei MiFi will arrive at Cricket in September, for the first time allowing up to three users to share its EVDO data connection. The same device shares data with up to five users. Prices are yet to be announced, and Cricket will sell data on a daily or monthly basis rather than per megabyte. Cricket promises it will deliver download speeds of between 6 and 8Mbps in ideal conditions.

Otherwise, the slides show Cricket will also get a BlackBerry handset, the Curve 8530, in another carrier first. It will be out in August and cost $350.

Samsung's R710 is also due sometime in the fall with a $250 price tag. Its 3-inch touchscreen has a 400x240 resolution, and there is a 3-megapixel camera, full HTML browser and Bluetooth A2DP. Cricket's data rates for the smartphones have not been revealed.

Arriving sooner and with lower-end specs is the Samsung Stunt R100, due this month at $100. The candybar gets Bluetooth, a 128x160 display and text and MMS capabilities. The Kyocera Domino will cost the same when it arrives in June, with nearly identical major specs.

Slightly higher in spec and capability are the Cricket CAPTR II and MSGM8 II, both due in July. The flip-phone CAPTR will cost $130 and sport a VGA camera, Bluetooth, and a 128x160 display. Pricing for the MSGM8 II have not been revealed, but the candybar gets a hardware QWERTY keyboard, 1.3-megapixel camera and Bluetooth.

Higher-end messaging phones will include the TXTM8 3G and Kyocera Rio, due out in September and November, respectively and each priced at $160. The former has a hardware QWERTY keyboard, 2-megapixel camera, a 320x240 resolution display, microSD memory card slot, a full HTML browser, Cricket e-mail and Bluetooth A2DP. The Rio has a 2.8-inch touchscreen with a 320x240 resolution, 1.3-megapixel camera, microSD slot and Bluetooth A2DP.

The Samsung R631 is due in the summer with a $200 price tag, and has a horizontal slider form factor. It has both a touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard, along with a 2-megapixel camera, microSD memory card slot, and Bluetooth A2DP. The Samsung R710 is due in the fall at $250 and has a 3-inch touchscreen with a 400x240 resolution and a 3-megapixel camera. Bluetooth A2DP and a full HTML browser are also present.

Other than phones, Cricket will also offer the Huawei USB Stick at $120 in August. It can connect to EVDO networks on either Windows or Mac OS X-based computers. The Cricket A605 USB stick is due at the same time and for the same price, and adds a swiveling USB connection and an external microSD expansion port. A ZTE Modem with the same release date, price and specs rounds out the leaked future hardware releases. [via BGR]

Cricket Zio, BlackBerry Curve 8530

Cricket Huawei MiFi, ZTE Modem

Cricket CAPTR II and MSGM8 II

Cricket TXTM8 3G, Rio

Cricket R631, R710

Cricket Stunt, Domino

Huawei USB Stick, Cricket A605

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