Kyocera Unveils Hydro and Rise Android Smartphones

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Kyocera HydroKyocera has announced at this week’s CTIA tradeshow two upcoming Android smartphones: the waterproof Hydro and the QWERTY-plus-touchscreen Rise.

Using technology from its Dura Series, the Kyocera Hydro will be optimized for IPx5- and IPx7-level water resistance. It is going to be waterproof against rain and other forms of sprayed water and can be submerged in water up to a meter deep for up to 30 minutes.

The Kyocera Rise will give users a variety of ways to handle the phone, whether it is through its high-resolution?touchscreen or through its slide-out QWERTY-keyboard.

Kyocera RiseBoth devices are going to share the same internal specifications. They will run Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and will on a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 processor with 512MB of RAM. The handsets will both sport a 3.5-inch IPS LCD Touchscreen with 480 x 320 resolution and will come with 2 GB of onboard storage. Other features for the smartphones are going to include a 3.2MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and 30fps video recording, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and?a microSD card slot.

There’s no information yet on pricing or exact availability for either the Kyocera Hydro or Rise, but expect the devices to be released in the U.S. during the second half of 2012 for a budget-friendly price.

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