Kyocera unveils new Hydro and Rise Android smartphones

May 8, 2012
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Kyocera has announced a pair of new smartphones that are both running Android 4.0 ICS as the operating system. Both of the smartphones are designed to be able to survive the rigors of your daily grind. The Kyocera Hydro is ruggedized and water resistant. The other smartphone is called the Kyocera Rise, which has a slide up screen to reveal a keyboard.

Both of the smartphones use technology from the Kyocera Dura series smartphones. The Hydro has water resistance ratings of IPx5 and IPx7. That means the smartphone won't get damaged if you are caught in the rain or if you drop it in the sink. The phone can be submerged in water up to a meter deep for 30 minutes and still be okay.

The Rise has a slide up touchscreen LCD with a QWERTY keyboard underneath. Both of the smartphones have a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive 480x320 IPS LCD and use a 1 GHz QUALCOMM Snapdragon processor. Both have 2 GB of ROM, 512 MB of RAM and support microSD cards up to 32 GB. The phones also have 3.2-megapixel cameras with LED flash and the ability to record video. The phones also have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, and three axis accelerometers. Pricing is unannounced at this time.


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