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Kyocera Rise rumored to launch on Sprint and Virgin Mobile

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Kyocera Rise rumored to launch on Sprint and Virgin Mobile
Back at CTIA in May, Kyocera showed off two new handsets, but didn’t provide many details when it came to who would be seeing these devices and when. The first of the two, the Kyocera Hydro, finally got a solid launch date and carrier, while the Kyocera Rise is still a mystery.

A new rumor suggests that the Rise will be finding a forever home on both Sprint and Virgin Mobile in the near future. Twitter leaker, @evleaks, posted a photo of the device and said, “Kyocera Rise (C5155) for Sprint. Specs already announced. Also coming to Virgin Mobile.”

Kyocera Rise rumored to launch on Sprint and Virgin Mobile
As we already know from taking a hands-on look at the Kyocera Rise at CTIA, it will sport a list of vapid specs including a single-core 1GHz processor, a whole 512 MB of RAM, a voluminous 2 GB of on board storage, a good-enough-to-take-pics-of-your-dinner-and-post-them-to-Facebook 3.2-megapixel camera, and a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. Excited yet?

The highlights of the device are that it will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it features a full QWERTY keyboard, and, while the official pricing hasn’t been release yet, it will probably be very inexpensive.

If this handset does join Sprint’s post-paid lineup, as long as it can be had for free with a contract, the Kyocera Rise will be a nice addition to the budget smartphone category, especially for those who want their smartphone experience to built around messaging.

source: EVLeaks via UnwiredView

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posted on 21 Jul 2012, 15:41

1. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

I can't help myself, I love a h/w QWERTY! And, looking at this one... Oh yes Charlene, I am so totally super-duper psyched! /s
It's still cool to say psyched right?

I do like h/w QWERTY's though and there are days I miss my old enV. What I'd really like to see for a keyboard is a hybrid. Two displays, one either of the current high end display types and the other one just a touch e-ink. Since a large problem with having two displays is power consumption the touch e-ink should be a lower power alternative. Because it's software not hardware, it would be totally re-configurable to whichever language you like, whichever layout you like... and, you could even have it switch to gaming controls for gameplay. Could even use it for more app specific control, like the way some people are using their phones to control other devices like RC hobbyists.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 16:45 3

2. Jyakotu (Posts: 854; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

Sad how, if this does come to Sprint, the Epic 4G would still be their highest end physical QWERTY phone; despite that phone being 2 years old and running on Gingerbread. Seriously, I don't understand why manufacturers don't make high end phones with physical QWERTY keyboards. I would gladly sacrifice thinness for more accurate messaging.

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 14:33

3. EvoHero (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 May 2011)

More moving parts means more things to break, which means a worse customer experience and increased churn. Also, there really just isn't the interest in QWERTY's that there used to be. Screen sizes are big enough now that just about everyone is comfortable with a virtual keyboard.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 18:05

4. waldenre (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)

Oh look; another subpar phone that's going to be almost obsolete before its released. Ho hum.

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