We always see a slew of new Android handsets heading to the big four national carriers, but something we don't see as often is a regional carrier getting a visit from Google's green robot. Cricket, a smaller carrier that seems to constantly be growing, has just announced the Android-powered Sanyo ZIO, made by Kyocera, which will be available this fall for $249.99. The ZIO features a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, and all of the other usual smartphone features. Cricket hasn't mentioned what version of Android the ZIO will be running when it hits, but considering we won't be seeing it for at least another month or two, let's hope that it's at least Android 2.1.
It may not be a super high-end device like the EVO or DROID X, but it's still great to see Android spreading to even more carriers. I would say that this device will probably fall somewhere in the mid-range, and $250 seems like a great price for a handset like the ZIO considering that you aren't required to sign any contracts with Cricket. Hopefully we'll be hearing more about the device, like the processor and version of Android it'll have in tow, in the near future. We'll be sure to keep you updated!
Via Phone Arena