Are you looking for a affordable Qwerty Android smartphone? If you are there is a good news for you. Kyocera Communications, Inc has confirmed if their messaging qwerty smartphone, the Kyocera Rise has arrived and available in Sprint for price of $19.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and expected will be available to in Virgin Mobile with price tag at $99.99 without contract (excludes taxes).
The Rise is one of Android smartphone that designed for new users with QWERTY slider for faster, more accurate and effortless typing. It sports 3.5 inch HVGA capacitive IPS LCD touch screen display that and support maximum resolutions at up a 320×480 pixel at 165 ppi. Inside, it also incorporated with 1GHz MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon® processor that coupled with 512MB of RAM and pre-loaded Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the operating system delivers enough power for basics smartphone tasks, such as rear or write email, updated status on your favorite social network site, web surfing and more.
For storage, Kyocera Rise Android phone offers 2GB of internal storage with microSD card slot for memory expansions up to 64GB, so you can store all of your favorite MP3 songs, pictures and videos. On the back, you’ll find 3.2-megapixel rear facing camera with an LED flash or capture photos and support 30 frame-per-second camcorder. Like the sister, Kyocera Hydro, this models lacks front facing camera for video chats.
As the Android phones, buyers also get full access in Google Mobile Service applications, including Google Calendar™, YouTube™, Google Latitude™, Gmail™, Google Search and download more applications, games, widget and more in Google Play Market. Speaking of size, this affordable smartphone has dimensions in 113 x 60.5 x 14.3 mm and has weighs around at 160 g with 1500 mAh Lithium Ion battery that promises will gives up to 8.5 hours of talk time of single charge and backed by Eco Mode to conserve battery power.
Other features are Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, loudspeakers, document viewer, 3.5 audio jack, micro-USB for transfer data and charging port, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n for internet connections with mobile hotspot functionality and works on CDMA 800 / 850 / 1900. Eric Anderson from Kyocera Communications Inc said ” Along with smartphone users who love their keys, approximately half of mobile users still have feature phones with keypads, so they’re comfortable using keys. For these people, keys are a vital feature. Kyocera Rise has all the features you’d want in a smartphone in an attractive and affordable 3G device that will appeal to those underserved consumers.” Finally, we can say if Kyocera Rise is nice smartphone for new entry level user, especially for the QWERTY slider and price, but if looking for a high end phone, you should take a look at Samsung Galaxy Note which offer immersive viwing experience and fast performance.