Kyocera Rise with Android 4.0 comes to Sprint, Virgin Mobile

The Kyocera Rise, an Android 4.0 QWERTY keyboard device, will be available on Sprint and Virgin Mobile's networks.

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Sprint and Virgin Mobile announced today that they will carry the Kyocera Rise, a slideout QWERTY keyboard phone that we first caught a glimpse of in May during CTIA 2012.

In addition to its four-row keyboard, the Rise runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a 3.5-inch LCD display, a 1,500mAh li-ion battery (which roughly translates to 8.5 hours of reported talk time), and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

The handset also has a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with accompanying flash, and an Eco Mode feature that allows users to customize and conserve battery life.

Sprint will sell the handset starting on August 19, for $19.99 after users send in a $50 mail-in-rebate and sign a two-year contract. Virgin Mobile will sell it at the no-contract price of $99.99.