The Kyocera Hydro Edge, set to make its way into Sprint’s smartphone lineup, has been unveiled at the CTIA show in Las Vegas, together with the Kyocera Hydro XTRM that will be available from U.S. Cellular.
The new Kyocera Hydro Edge and Kyocera Hydro XTRM are both follow-ups to last year’s Hydro model, and it seems like either model could be very useful to you if you’re planning on going on vacation.
If you’re always dropping your phone in the water when at the beach, the Kyocera Hydro Edge is the solution to your problems, as it can stand a drop in 3.28 feet of water for 30 minutes (or being sprayed with water).
The Kyocera Hydro Edge comes with a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen (resolution is 800 x 480 pixels) that promises impact resistance (if you can drop it in water, you might as well be able to drop it on the floor, too), a 5-megapixel camera, 4GB of memory and microSD support.
The device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and its most interesting feature is probably the Smart Sonic Receiver, which makes it easier to use in noisy surroundings. The technology uses vibrations to send sounds straight to your eardrum, so the phone should be useful when clubbing in the evening too. The press release says that the feature makes the speaker cavity unnecessary, thus improving waterproofing.
The device will be available from both Sprint (which is also rumored to be getting the LG Optimus F3 soon enough) and its Boost Mobile subsidiary, but the release date or price have not been announced. According to a Kyocera spokesperson, quoted by Twice, its price could be around $130 on Boost Mobile, and less than $50 with a Sprint plan.
Also shown was the Kyocera Hydro XTRM, a very similar device, which will be available online starting today at $29, and in U.S. Cellular stores from May 24. The handset is dust- and waterproof and features Smart Sonic technology, but it also has military standard 810G shock resistance, meaning that it can withstand drops from a height of four feet.
In terms of specs, the 4G LTE Hydro XTRM packs a 4-inch WVGA display (also impact-resistant), a Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, 2000mAh battery and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The main camera is a 5-megapixel one and the smartphone also features a front 1.3-megapixel shooter.
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Splish Splash! Kyocera Expands Hydro Series with Next Wave of Waterproof Android Smartphones
May 21, 2013 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rainstorms, toilets, sprinklers, pools, spilled drinks, bathtubs, lakes, sweat, sinks. Liquid and electronics don’t like each other and there’s an endless list of everyday hazards waiting to wreak havoc on mobile phones. Estimates say close to 100 million cell phones have been destroyed by liquids in the U.S. alone. But there is a solution. Kyocera today expanded its Hydro Series of waterproof smartphones with the introduction of the Hydro XTRM and Hydro Edge, two new Android smartphones built for a world that’s 70 percent covered by water.
“This new generation of Hydro phones is built from the ground up to keep the liquid out, yet doesn’t compromise sleek styling, affordability or performance.”
Just in time for summer, the new Hydro Series smartphones carry IP57 dust-proofing and waterproofing certifications, meaning they’re designed to survive dust, sprayed water – like a rainstorm or sprinklers – or total submersion in up to 3.28 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The phones also include Kyocera’s award-winning, proprietary Smart Sonic Receiver. This technology replaces the phone’s speaker with a ceramic actuator, which turns sounds into vibrations that travel through the body directly to the eardrum, making the phone audible even in loud environments.
Hydro XTRM is a durable 4G LTE Android smartphone that not only is waterproof, but also meets 810G Military Standard for protection from shock (e.g., being dropped). U.S. Cellular launches Hydro XTRM online today and in retail stores on May 24 for just $29.99 after an instant rebate.1 Hydro Edge is an affordable, waterproof 3G Android smartphone that will launch this summer at Sprint and Boost Mobile. The carriers will announce pricing and exact timing as the launches approach.
“With 30 waterproof phones introduced globally since 2008, Kyocera has unparalleled expertise in designing devices to survive the elements,” said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc. “This new generation of Hydro phones is built from the ground up to keep the liquid out, yet doesn’t compromise sleek styling, affordability or performance.”
With its growing portfolio of devices designed to survive the elements and the everyday, Kyocera continues its relationship with Bear Grylls – Everest mountaineer, former British Special Forces, star of television’s “Man vs. Wild,” and the father of three active boys. Grylls will be featured prominently in materials supporting the new Hydro Series devices as they reach the market, which will join other materials from Grylls on Kyocera’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/kyoceramobilephones) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/kyoceramobilephones).
Along with its 810G and IP57 waterproof and durability certifications and Smart Sonic Receiver technology, other notable features on the Hydro XTRM include:
1.2 GHz dual-core processor
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Bright 4-inch impact-resistant IPS touchscreen display
5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with camcorder; 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
Boost Mobile, a prepaid brand of Sprint, launched the first-generation Kyocera Hydro in August 2012 and it has been a top-seller ever since. Building on that success, the Hydro Edge will launch this summer at both Boost Mobile and Sprint, giving consumers the flexibility of purchasing the phone with prepaid or post-paid service plans. Hydro Edge is waterproof and dust-proof with IP57 certification and includes Kyocera’s Smart Sonic Receiver technology. Other features include:
1 GHz dual-core processor
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Bright 4-inch impact-resistant touchscreen display
5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera
For more information about Hydro XTRM and Hydro Edge, please visit kyocerasmartphones.com/hydro-family.