updated 10:15 am EDT, Mon August 18, 2008
Katana Eclipse at Sprint
After multiple leaks and an early Canadian launch, Sprint today began carrying the Katana Eclipse, the next version of Sanyo's extra-thin clamshell. The design draws most of its attention for its elaborate external lighting that can be used both as entertainment and information. While it can flash to music, it can also illuminate during calls in different colors or even different patterns to identify particular users without either a conspicuous ringtone or even vibrations that might be missed in a noisy environment.
The handset also makes use of external music controls and is a full citizen of Sprint's EVDO network with access to the carrier's Music Store, radio, TV streaming and assisted GPS navigation services. A microSDHC slot is new to the Katana line and lets the device hold 8GB or more of music and 1.3-megapixel photos from the Eclipse's camera.
Sprint is making the new Katana available immediately both online and in retail shops and sells it for $100 with a two-year plan and a rebate; a contract-free version goes on sale for $300.