Kyocera Intros Water Resistant Hydro, QWERTY-Equipped Rise
May 8, 2012, 6:00 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Kyocera took the wraps off two new phones today, the Hydro and Rise. Both phones share a similar feature set, though the form factors differ significantly. Shared features include 3.5-inch 320 x 480 IPS LCD displays and 1GHz Qualcomm processors with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage. Other specs include EVDO Rev. A 3G and 1X Advanced; 3.2-megapixel cameras with LED flash and video capture; aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and Wi-Fi; a bevy of sensors, and 1500mAh batteries. Both phones run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
- Hydro: The Hydro is a small bar-style device that is water resistant. Kyocera brings plenty of water-resistant know-how to the Hydro, which can withstand water jets for up to three minutes and immersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.
- Rise: The Rise is a sideways slider with a QWERTY keyboard for messaging, but loses the water resistance enjoyed by the Hydro.
Kyocera has a lot of experience with waterproof phones, both from its rugged walkie-talkie phones for Sprint, and its Japanese phones. Now the company is bringing that waterproof know-how to an affordable Android phone with the Hydro.
For the smartphone lover who still longs for the physical touch of real keys, the Kyocera Rise rises to the challenge with its real QWERTY keyboard. Stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich?
Kyocera's new Rise stands out for having a physical keyboard, when other manufacturers seem to be moving away from such things. We spent some time with it.
Jan 21, 2014
Cricket Wireless today announced the Hydro Plus. The Hydro Plus is the latest waterproof Android smartphone from Kyocera that can withstand up to 30 minutes in one meter of water, in addition to blowing rain and dust.
Aug 15, 2012
Sprint and Virgin Mobile USA today each announced plans to sell the Kyocera Rise in the coming weeks, an Android 4.0 smartphone with sliding QWERTY keyboard. Sprint is selling the Kyocera Rise starting August 19 for $19.99 on contract.
3.5" display 320 x 480 pixels
Snapdragon S2 MSM8655 processor 0.5 GB RAM
1,500 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot, Hardware Text Keyboard, Headphone Jack (3.5mm)