Kyocera’s Oblique first garnered our attention when some pics of the QWERTY slider showed up in early August, foretelling the smartphone’s eventual arrival on Sprint. Late in the month, a leaked Sprint document showed the phone again, but this time after undergoing a name-change to the Kyocera Milano. We had been expecting the phone to launch on September 9, and right on schedule, Sprint has officially announced the Milano’s addition to its line-up starting tomorrow.
The Milano will fill the role of a budget-priced, non-WiMAX messaging smartphone for Sprint. Hardware-wise, the phone features an an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 3-inch QVGA display. That petite, low-res screen may turn off some potential buyers, but Sprint’s got plenty of other options for them.
To help make the most out of the phone’s battery, Kyocera includes its Eco Mode app that lets you specify a battery level, dropping below which will put the phone into a low-power mode to help keep things functional until you can get to a charger.
Alongside the Milano, Kyocera is also bringing its Brio to Sprint, a free-on-contract dumbphone. Seeing as the Milano is only $50 on-contract, though, we think it’s a well-worth-it upgrade.