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Kyocera Rise Android 4.0 ICS smartphone hands-on and first look

Gallery by Dan Seifert on Tuesday May 08, 2012.

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The Kyocera Rise is the second of the two new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones announced by the phone manufacturer here at CTIA 2012. It sports a 3.5-inch display and four-row QWERTY keyboard.

The Rise is a pretty generic entry-level Android phone, save for its four-row, landscape oriented slide-out keyboard. The key are rounded and smooth, but they have good feedback and the keyboard is spacious, so fast thumb typists should approve. The phone's 3.5-inch HVGA display isn't very bright and has crummy resolution, but viewing angles are decent.

Under the hood, the Rise has the same 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM as the Hydro, and performance is just about the same. The Android 4.0 interface was noticeably laggy, and the Rise won't be winning any speed competitions.

Kyocera plans to launch the Rise in the U.S. later this year, but it has not announced a date or which carriers it will be available from. Like the Hydro, the Rise is a 3G CDMA device, so we are fairly certain it will be gracing Sprint's network when it arrives.

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