Kyocera is not a firm that sounds too much in the smartphone sector, but today it has surprised us with a rather peculiar release. The firm has announced the launch of the KY-01L, a device the size of a credit card that stands out for its negligible thickness and its weight, which does not reach 50grams.
It is the concept of feature phone raised to the nth power. It does not have an app store, it does not have a camera and because it does not have a color screen. It is a device made by and for people who want mobile to call, send messages and visit a website from time to time. Literally.
Kyocera KY-01L: Like a credit card but with an electronic ink screen
The first thing that catches the attention of Kyocera KY-01L is its design. It does not have big boastings nor can we speak of a body of glass or aluminum. It is black, sober, with no camera or fingerprint reader, with good edges and two buttons on the bottom frame that will serve to go back and start a tab. The only thing that has in the back that can be highlighted is the text “DoCoMo,” Kyocera’s parent company.
As far as dimensions are concerned, this peculiar terminal measures 91 x 55 x 5.3 millimeters, being the thickest part of about 5.5 millimeters. It is configured, well, as the most neglected mobile so far in 2018. Its weight is 47 grams that, to give you an idea, is 4.5 times less than what weighs the new iPhone XS Max.
We get to the front, where we have a small 2.8-inch screen of electronic ink. We know neither its processor nor the amount of RAM, but you can be assured almost without fear of making a mistake that it does not have a Snapdragon 845. Nor do we know its operating system, which would not be unusual for it to be an owner. The terminal will move thanks to a 380 mAh battery and has LTE connectivity and IPX2 certification.
The Kyocera KY-01L can be purchased in Japan at the end of November at the modest price of 32,000 yen, that is, 247 euros. It is unknown if it will reach other markets or if it can be imported, but for that price, you have a Xiaomi Mi A2 that at least has camera…lol.
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