Kyocera Rise puts in appearance at the FCC
Follows on from the Hydro last month
Published: 8 June, 2012
Last month saw the Kyocera Hydro stop by for the usual treatment at the FCC and now its similarly spec'd brother the Rise been spotted there too. Aside from CDMA connectivity not a lot is revealed about where the device is headed though it's quite likely to be the same place as the Hydro. The wet-sounding handset also stopped by to be given the green light for CMDA 1900MHz support with both showing their faces for the first time since their initial announcement at CTIA earlier this year.
Key specs of the device include a 3.5" display with a resolution of 320x480, single-core 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Internal memory is a low 2GB, but there is a microSD card slot for expansion, and there's a 3.2mp camera on the back but no front-facing one. It's a fairly uninspiring line-up but Android fans will be pleased to hear that it's going to ship with a vanilla build of Android 4.0 installed.
The specs are nearly identical to the Hydro's though where that phone has it's waterproofness as its unique selling point the Rise has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to tempt customers. It's a feature which is less common these days in smartphones though that fact alone should earn it a few fans.
Kyocera is best known for its unique dual-screen handset the Echo which was released with Sprint last year. While it wasn't a huge success it managed to turn a few heads and it wouldn't be a shock to see the Rise and Hydro turn up at the carrier at some point in the future. However exact details of their availability and pricing remain elusive but an official announcement shouldn't be too far off. Whenever they arrive, which should hopefully be sometime over the summer, it's a safe bet they'll each be toting a low price tag.