It looks as if Sprint will follow Cricket in stocking the mid-range, Sanyo Zio Android handset, according to information and an image published by Android and Me. For those who don’t recall the (somewhat-forgettable) Zio, it sports a nice 3.5-inch WVGA display and 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM, but only a 600MHz processor (apparently the same Qualcomm MSM7627 powering the Palm Pixi) and aging 3.2-megapixel camera. The one major upside here is that Sprint is allegedly tossing aside that stale Donut (Android 1.6) in favor of a fresher Eclair (Android 2.1).
Android and Me is reporting that, based on the Zio’s retail price on Cricket, it should end up being free on contract after rebate, but we’re not sure that the logic holds. However, with handsets like the Samsung Intercept going for as low as $100, Sanyo/Kyocera’s first plunge into the Android pool may indeed only warrant a price of zero dollars if Sprint wants to move a certain volume of these units. No word on release date yet, either, although more info may be revealed at CEATEC or CTIA.