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Kyocera Rise hands-on

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Kyocera Rise hands-on
So far, there have been few companies making any major announcements regarding smartphones, but as we’ve seen yesterday, Kyocera was bold enough to share some tidbits on two specific Android powered smartphones. If messaging is your kind of thing, the Kyocera Rise might be the better solution, since you know, it packs a landscape style QWERTY keyboard.

Honestly, the Kyocera Rise is a forgettable device in many ways already, as it fails to impress with its bland and all-too typical design scheme. Indeed, it’s constructed out of plastic, which makes it very lightweight, but it tends to make the device feel extremely cheap in the hand. On top of that, its build quality is hardly top notch – as we question its handling over time. Of course, the main attraction with the Rise is the 4-row landscape style QWERTY keyboard it’s packing along. Unfortunately, we’re not digging the plastic feel of the buttons, though, we’re still able to distinguish them from one another very slightly.

Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on


Checking out its 3.5” HVGA (320 x 480) IPS LCD display, we adore the natural colors it’s able to produce – albeit, its viewing angles are questionable. Nevertheless, combining its size and resolution, we’re able to recognize most fine details without a hitch. Powered by a single-core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, the Rise performs very quick with few instances of any lag or slowdown. Well, it probably helps that the handset is running a stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – though, it might change seeing this one we’re checking out is a pre-production model.

Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on
Kyocera Rise hands-on


So far, there’s no word on who will actually be getting the device, but all eyes point to some kind of CDMA carrier. Therefore, it might be bound with Sprint or Verizon, or some of the other prepaid carriers out there. Lastly, pricing is unknown at this point, but we’d sorely hope for it to be on the inexpensive side – especially when it’s primarily a messaging device.



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posted on 08 May 2012, 14:52

1. javi080 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 May 2012)


is this coming to cricket soon cuz i want 2 know

posted on 08 May 2012, 15:10 1

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


more kyocera junk for boost and VM

posted on 08 May 2012, 15:26

3. tigermcm (Posts: 650; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


how does kyocera stay in business???

posted on 08 May 2012, 15:38

5. facelessbelief (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


If you take what they sell here. And multiply it by 3 or 4 times over seas. You see how they stay in business. Because they sell them cheap. They last a year or so, and the customer upgrades to the next piece of crap. Wonderous business model.

posted on 08 May 2012, 15:27

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Smaller display + lower resolution + 1ghz processor should equal decent performance.

I like it has a decent slide out keyboard as well.

posted on 08 May 2012, 15:55 1

6. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 110; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


Lolololo, who remembers the Echo? :D

posted on 08 May 2012, 18:27

7. NickLebron15 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 May 2012)


I wonder if it will hit Boost Mobile because that would be great! I love the look of this phone and the concept of the cheap price!

posted on 08 May 2012, 23:28

8. gkquiambao (Posts: 62; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Nice design. Ugly specs.

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:49

9. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


and htc said it's impossible to prepare ics for desire due to its hgardware limitations.
frikking liars

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