Kyocera has just announced a new addition to its range of smartphone with the introduction of the Rise, which is the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running Slider QWERTY Smartphone. The Rise will indeed be a blessing for the physical keyboard lovers who have been waiting to try their hands on a device running on the latest version of Android.
Going by the specs, the Kyocera Rice is powered by a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM8655 SOC with 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, whereas it has a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 IPS LCD touchscreen and comes with 2GB of ROM space.
The Rise has a 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash and capability of recording videos at 30fps. Rise measures 4.44 x 2.38 x 0.56 inches and has a lot more of the Sony Xperia Mini Pro feeling.
The Rise is a built to run on the CDMA networks and goes on to have the EVDO Rev.A support and other basic connectivity like Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and USB. The memory of the device could be expanded thanks to the microSD slot. Other sensors include accelerometer, digital compass, proximity, ambient light and GPS.
The Kyocera Rise will be available in the United States and for now and it seems that the company doesn’t have any plan for an international release with a GSM version of the device. There is also no information on the price of the device but it is being launched for the mid-price range users.