Kyocera launches two new waterproof smartphones in the US

The moderately priced Hydro EDGE and Hyrdo XTRM can be immersed in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes
Craig Munro,

Kyocera showed off their new phones at CTIA in Las Vegas yesterday. The Hydro Edge and Hydro Xtrm build on last year's Hydro, and offer improved waterproofing among other features. The phones also do away with the rubber flaps and plugs we're used to seeing on waterproof devices, and look much more modern than their predecessor.  

The lower end model, the Hydro Edge, has quite basic internals. It has a dual-core Snapdragon 1 GHz CPU, a 5 MP camera, a 4-inch WVGA (480 X 800) display, 3G connectivity, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.  

The Hydro Xtrm, Kyocera's higher end model, is not only waterproof, but also dust-proof and built to survive being dropped repeatedly. Its features include a dual-core Snapdragon 1.2 GHz processor, a 5 MP back-facing camera, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, a 4-inch WVGA (480 X 800) impact-resistant display, 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, and also runs Android 4.1.  

Both devices do away with normal phone speakers in favor of the company's Sonic Receiver technology which transmits vibrations directly to the eardrum and improves sound clarity in loud environments.  

Prices have not yet been announced for the Hydro Edge, but it is expected to appear in stores this summer. The Hydro Xtrm will be available on May 24th for only US$29.99 with a 2-year contract. Both phones will only be available in the United States.


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Craig Munro, 2013-05-22 (Update: 2013-05-22)