While Sanyo's phones are known for their tendency to leave customers delighted
here in the US, one thing they're typically not
known for is keen industrial design -- with the possible exception of the Katana
released earlier this year. The Katana's proven to be a decent low- to midrange piece, but now it looks like the Japanese manufacturer is gearing up to take on the SCH-A990s
of the world with the rather attractive (as best as we can make out from the smallish picture) M1 clamshell. As music phones go, the rumored specs leave almost nothing to be desired, with a QVGA display, 2-megapixel cam, external controls, Bluetooth with A2DP, microSD expansion, and an impressive 1GB of storage on board. We don't quite know what to make of the circle on the phone's front, which we're guessing plays into the external music controls somehow -- but if its a scroll wheel, get out of our way, people; we've got a Sprint store to get to.