updated 02:00 pm EDT, Wed September 27, 2006
Amidst the high-profile announcements of the Motorola KRZR and Nokia's music phones, other companies are quietly releasing new models that offer a similar exotic appeal without the high price that often accompanies designer handsets. Kyocera exemplified this today by releasing its K352 candybar phone. While its stylish design sets it apart from the often plain looks of other basic phones, it also has enough features to be genuinely appreciated without becoming excessive. Dedicated music controls on the front and 256MB of internal memory make it a capable music phone, and a VGA camera is present as well. Kyocera has taken the uncommon approach of releasing the phone first in Venezuela, which is where its surprisingly low price has been revealed: local carrier Movistar is selling the phone for the equivalent of $167 US with a plan. A US release date hasn't been set, but is likely with the phone's support for CDMA networks like Verizon's. Click through for a complete photo.