10 Kyocera shares details on upcoming Hydra and Rise Android 4.0 handsets

Kyocera is soon to hit up the U.S. market with a couple new Android phones dubbed the Hydro and Rise, both of which run almost identical specs across the board with the only discerning difference being in their form factors.

Kyocera is soon to hit up the U.S. market with a couple new Android phones dubbed the Hydro and Rise, both of which run almost identical specs across the board with the only discerning difference being in their form factors.

07 Kyocera shares details on upcoming Hydra and Rise Android 4.0 handsets

The Hydro is your more traditional candybar design, while the Rise includes a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Both phones have CDMA support and are expected to arrive sometime in the second half of the year; most probably exclusive to Sprint given the long partnership between the two companies.

10 Kyocera shares details on upcoming Hydra and Rise Android 4.0 handsets

Let's touch base on the specs of the phones, which I will be quick to mention are somewhat underwhelming for yet to be released Android handsets. They both have 3.5-inch sized HVGA capacitive IPS LCD touchscreens running a resolution of 480 x 320. while inside lurks a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon processor. Both phones are equipped with 2GBs of ROM, 512MB RAM and a microSD card slot taking cards of up to 32GB. There is also a 3.2MP rear positioned camera on each phone with LED flash and camcorder function.

Aside from its form factor, the Hydro has one other difference on the spec sheet when compared to the Rise, that being its IPx5 and IPx7-level water resistance that protects it against sprayed water and immersion of up to one meter deep for as long as 30 minutes.

Both handsets will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.