The Kyocera Hydro Makes Its Way to Boost Mobile
Kyocera is one of those companies you may have heard little about. The lack of brand following here stateside has never stopped them from pumping out awesome handsets. Take the Kyocera Echo for example. The Echo is a prime piece of hardware that uses two displays to offer up one of the most unique Android experiences known to smart phones. While this dual screen smart phone may have been before its time and not well received, a newer Kyocera device may fit better in the pockets of us Americans, but specifically Boost Mobile customers. Kyocera and Boost Mobile have teamed up to launch the Kyocera Hydro!
The Kyocera Hydro was announced at CTIA earlier this year and while it wasn’t the life of the party its Ice Cream Sandwich build and waterproof hardware made it an eye catcher. Today, the companies have announced the Hydro will find a home with Boost Mobile on August 3rd and cost around $130 bucks. So what can you expect for that price? Well, not a flagship super phone, but more of a device that fits perfectly in line with a Boost Mobile customer. The Hydro starts with a 3.5 inch IPS LCD touch screen that clocks a 320×480 pixel resolution at 165 pixels per inch. Delving a bit deeper within they Hydro we’ll find a Qualcomm made MSM8655 single core 1 GHz processor that gets a little help from 512 MB of RAM, 2GB of storage and expandable microSD, microSDHC memory. All this power will make the likes of Android version 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich get its go while additional details like Bluetooth version 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and a micro USB connection are the not so exciting sides. The Hydro also sports a more than capable 3.2 mega pixel camera with an LED flash and features like Geo Tagging and video recording. Outside of its untainted version of Android, the Hydro has a trick up its sleeve! If you couldn’t tell, the Hydro is resistant to water! Water proof one would say, or “oops proof”. The Hydro is the first non contract Android to use IPX5 and IPX7 protocols. These ratings are specifications on the level at which the Hydro can get wet. IPX5 makes the Hydro impervious to “water jets” or spraying while, IPX7 makes the Hydro, “Marine” rated equipment that can be “immersed” in depths of up to 3 feet of fresh water for 30 minutes or less. But you’ll need way less time to grab it out of the toilet!
Anyone interested in the likes of this Boost Mobile Hydro? Sound off in the comments and tell us what you think. A lower to mid range phone like this with capabilities of being dunked in water has got to make us ask, why this isn’t available on more models. Let us know in the comments below and remember guys, the very best in Kyocera accessories are here.LCD, Kyocera, waterproof, GHz, Boost