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.”
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.