Kyocera announces two new Ice Cream Sandwich handsets at CTIA

It’s been a minute since Kyocera unveiled an Android smartphone, but their back with two new offerings out of CTIA. The Kyocera Hydro and Kyocera Rise are entry-level handsets running Ice Cream Sandwich atop hardware that includes a 1GHz MSM8655 CPU and 3.5-inch HVGA display. THe Hydro, as its name so cleverly suggests, is waterproof. It can take a 1 meter dunk for up to 30 minutes and emerge in functional form. The Rise trades resilience to water for a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Both phones feature Kyocera’s “Tissue Conduction” technology, a newly developed method of delivering increased sound quality by splitting the phone’s audio signal between a traditional earpiece speaker and a vibrating transducer. The vibrations are picked up by the ear as sound and apparently lend some clarity to the phone’s audio output.

No carrier or release date was announced to go along with the new handsets.

[via AndroidCentral]

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TAGS: Kyocera Hydro , Kyocera Rise

  • IronHorse01

    Another one of those shitty brands I wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole

  • Joey Malcomb

    I can’t believe an article just started with, “It’s been a minute.” I can’t stand that phrase…

  • iwilleatsandwiches

    I’d like it if an ICS phone was available with a DECT radio so I could make and receive calls via a DECT base station while continuing to access my google phonebook on my everyday mobile. I don’t want a DECT only phone with ICS, and I don’t want a non ICS DECT phone, and I definitely don’t want to carry on using two handsets.

  • JosephCabrera