KYOCERA Wireless Unveils Feature-Rich Wireless Handsets at CTIA Wireless 2006
LAS VEGAS -- (April 5, 2006) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, today announced three new wireless handset series at the CTIA Wireless 2006 trade show. Ranging from a stylish new music-centric phone to a basic VGA camera phone, the three new stylish clamshell-style handsets were made to deliver on Kyocera's promise of developing user-friendly, intuitive handsets for a variety of lifestyles and price-points.
The lineup of new handsets from Kyocera Wireless 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.
"The phones we're announcing are the result of great efforts we've made to understand and deliver on the desires of consumers and the needs of our carrier customers," said Tom Maguire, vice president of global marketing at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "By combining compelling feature sets with ease-of-use, affordability and our unique focus on CDMA technology, our goal is for these phones to deliver the ultimate user experience within their targeted consumer segments."
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™ 3.1.4 or JAVA™ 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.
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™, 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™ and uiOne™ technologies. The company also announced a proprietary new secure battery technology aimed at defeating counterfeiters and protecting consumers.
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. Kyocera Wireless maintains an operating belief in the genius of simplicity and strives to make the wireless experience as simple and intuitive as humanly possible. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2005, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11 billion (JP¥ 1,180,655 million) with net income of approximately US$429 million (JP¥ 45,908 million).
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