The New Kyocera Smartphones

Kyocera is not really a big name when it comes to smartphones in the U.S., but this is no reason to stop the announcement of two new phones running under the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The new Kyocera smartphones are called Kyocera Hydro and Kyocera Rise, which are new devices that have entry-level features.

The Hydro is water resistant and comes with a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, EV-DO Rev A, MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 1 GHz, 512 MB ​​RAM, 2 GB ROM, 3.2 MP camera back, and a microSD memory card.

The Kyocera Rise resembles the Hydro, but is not resistant to water. The Kyocera Rise sports a QWERTY keyboard, which makes it thicker.

Kyocera said that the two new smartphones will be released in the U.S. in the second half of the year. Their prices were not disclosed. Also, there was no word on as to what companies will have the devices, but Sprint could be among them.

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