Kyocera Rise hands-on

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.

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.

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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  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 2 GB
  • Battery 1500 mAh(8.6h talk time)



1. javi080

Posts: 2; Member since: May 08, 2012

is this coming to cricket soon cuz i want 2 know

2. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

more kyocera junk for boost and VM

3. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

how does kyocera stay in business???

5. facelessbelief

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 27, 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.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Smaller display + lower resolution + 1ghz processor should equal decent performance. I like it has a decent slide out keyboard as well.

6. StalkinUrMom

Posts: 111; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

Lolololo, who remembers the Echo? :D

7. NickLebron15

Posts: 4; Member since: May 07, 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!

8. gkquiambao

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

Nice design. Ugly specs.

9. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

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