One of the few android smartphones with a full QWERTY physical keyboard Kyocera Rise is set to come to two carriers – Sprint and Virgin Mobile – most likely on Sunday the 19th of this month. The phone’s most notable feature is the slide-out keyboard which is touted to be the best option for serial texters.
The Kyocera Rise smartphone packs quite impressive features and specs including:
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system
- 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor
- 3.5 Inch 480 X 320 IPS HVGA LCD display
- 3.2MP camera
- 1,500mAh battery (claimed to provide 8.5 hours of talktime)
Kyocera announced the Rise phone early this year during the CTIA in may but they did not mention what carriers the phone would launch on. In a leaked image, it is now evident that the phone will come to Sprint and Virgin mobile. Sprint has confirmed that the phone will be available on their retail stores at the end of this week at $20 (this is after a $50 mail-in rebate) but with a two year contract. Virgin mobile will follow up at the end of the month with a prepaid version to launch on August 31st. Word is that it will come at a non-contract price of $100.