The Kyocera Rise Sprint and Virgin Mobile price and release date details have gone official through an announcement made by the former. The device is scheduled to arrive bundled with cost-effective tags on-contract and subscription-free, respectively. It sports a 4-row QWERTY keyboard and the Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform.
For visuals, users will have a 3.5-inch IPS HVGA capacitive LCD touchscreen proffering resolutions of 480 x 320 pixels. The device is built around dimensions of 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.56 inches with a 1GHz MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor embedded on the inside for handling the workload. The innards also include connectivity features such as Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and support for 3G networks.
“Kyocera Rise brings customers the comfort of an easy-to-use Android smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard,” expressed David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “It is a great option for customers who are new to smartphones, parents looking for the perfect first device for their teens and tweens or anyone looking for a device with an impressive set of features at a great price. This is a perfect addition to round out our Android portfolio.”
Sitting pretty on the rear is a 3.2MP camera with video recording capabilities at 30fps and an LED flash. A 2GB microSD card is tossed into the box, while a memory expansion bay allows users to expand the storage up to 32GB more. Complementing the 1,500mAh battery which is capable of delivering over 8.5 hours of talktime is the Eco Mode software that aims to reduce power consumption.
The Kyocera Rise Sprint and Virgin price and release date details denote that the handset will be available for $19.99 starting 19 August through the former carrier after a $50 mail-in-rebate. It will be out on August 31 for the latter, bearing a $99.99 tag which is exclusive of taxes.