Slider phone Kyocera Rise caught in pictures, coming to Sprint and Virgin Mobile

You may know Kyocera for its water-resistant smartphone offering, the Kyocera Hydro. But there’s one more Android trick up the Japanese manufacturer’s sleeve. After it was first showcased at CTIA 2012 back in May – the Kyocera Rise is on its way to two wireless carriers in the US.

EVleaks has shared new pictures of the Kyocera Rise in the wild, bringing along with it fresh information of where the phone will be heading to. Looking at the specs and the mentioned SprintZone app in the phone’s home screen, it’s safe to say that the slider will be offered by Sprint. But that’s not all, because the phone apparently will be available on Virgin Mobile as well.

The Kyocera Rise is, at best, a mid-range phone that boasts a 3.5-inch IPS display a t320 x 480 resolution. It is set to join the ranks of other phones in the market donning a physical keyboard, which is making quite a comeback this year. Powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon chip, the Rise also packs 512MB RAM, 2GB onboard storage, microSD card slot, 3MP rear camera, 1,500mAh battery, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

We don’t have details of the phone’s price and release date for now. But given its middle-of-the-road specs, we’re sure the price will be in the double digits. The Kyocera Rise should make a welcomed affordable addition to Sprint’s growing list of slider phones, as it will soon roll out the red carpet for the LG Cayenne.

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