Going hands-on with the Kyocera Hydro EDGE and Hydro XTRM

May 22, 2013
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KYOCERA HYDRO XTRM (6) 1600 aa

Earlier today at CTIA 2013, Android Authority’s Joshua Vergara took some time to show off the heavy-duty Cat B15. Not everyone needs such extreme protection for their phones, however. What if you are just looking for a little extra durability at a budget price? If that’s the case, you might want to join us as we go hands-on with Kyocera’s new Hydro XTRM and EDGE handsets.

Let’s start with the champion model in the Hydro line-up, the XTRM. The Hydro XTRM features a 4-inch display with an 800×480 resolution. The heart of the phone is a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor and 1GB of RAM. Other specs include a 5MP rear cam, 1.3MP front cam, LTE support, 4GB storage, microSD, a 2,000 mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

As already mentioned, the XTRM is waterproof, but even more interesting, it’s also shockproof. According to Kyocera, the phone can even be dropped 26 times from a height of 4 feet without any major issue – not that we’d ever recommend beating the crap out of your phone just for fun (or would we?).

As for carrier choice, the XTRM will only be available in the United States through U.S. Cellular. The phone will arrive May 24th and will cost just $29.99 with two-year agreement.

Moving on to the lower-end Hydro EDGE, we get a 3G smartphone with the same 4-inch display, though a slightly “cheaper” design. The EDGE also shares many of the same specs as found on the XTRM, with the biggest differences being a slower 1GHz dual-core processor and the lack of a front cam and LTE. The EDGE also has a smaller 1,600 mAh battery.

No word on how much the Hydro Edge will set you back or exactly when it is coming, but we do know it will arrive both through Boost Mobile and from Sprint. If we had to take a guess on the price? Considering the original Kyocera Hydro arrived to Boost Mobile for $129.99, we wouldn’t be surprised if the new EDGE model aims for a similar price.

For those looking for a closer peak at the EDGE and XTRM (as promised) here’s some hands-on footage:

Bottom-line, these phones might not be super-powered quad-core devices, but they could be perfect for those that need a bit more durability without having to pay top-dollar to get it.

What do you think of Kyocera’s latest Hydro handsets, could you see yourself picking one of these models up?

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