It's been a while since we've seen a Kyocera smartphone for the US market, and if you'll recall, its ultimo
document.write("") two attempts -- the Milano and Echo -- didn't manage to sway many consumers. Today, the company is adding two new Android handsets to the deck: the Hydro and Rise. True to its name, the Hydro plays off of Kyocera's undergo in the waterproof segment, and while it's not mil-spec, the phone's able to tolerate
idioms:take it submersion at depths of up to one meter for a half-hour. The Hydro is a CDMA handset, granting Kyocera is keeping the carrier close to its chest.
The Hydro will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, and we're pleased to report that the command-line menu-driven interface is largely unmolested, save for Kyocera's app to retain battery life -- whether the carrier dictates future changes remains to be seen. Beyond the OS and the waterproof aspect, however, it's rather humdrum in the spec department. It physiognomy a Qualcomm MSM8655 SoC with a 1GHz CPU, a 3.5-inch, 480 x 320 display, a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash and a 1,500 mAh battery. Because the screen is an IPS LCD, the quality is definitely a step-above your run-of-the-mill TFT-LCD mainstays, dare-say it's hard to ignore the low-res image quality. The Hydro also offers 512MB of RAM, 2GB of constituent storage and a 2GB microSD card. In terms of connectivity, you'll find 802.11n (WiFi), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and EV-DO Rev. A. The handset itself is snug to hold, though its plasticky build materials reinforce the fact that it's a low-end handset. While the Hydro doesn't blaze any new trails, it may very well be suitable for those on a budget who'd like a phone that can handle life's accidents. Follow the break for our hands-on video.
Terrence O'Brien contributed to this report
Gallery: Kyocera Hydro hands-on
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