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Cheap, waterproof Kyocera Hydro Plus announced in the US, Cricket will sell it soon

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Cheap, waterproof Kyocera Hydro Plus announced in the US, Cricket will sell it soon
Japan's Kyocera released quite a few Android smartphones via US carriers until now, and today it unveiled a new one. Called Kyocera Hydro Plus, the new handset will be very cheap - its suggested retail price being $139.99.

Like all the other handsets included in the Hydro series, the Hydro Plus is waterproof, its IPX7 certification protecting it “against water immersion in up to 3.28 feet (1 meter) for up to 30 minutes.” That’s the handset’s main selling point, because its other features aren’t that attractive, including a 3.5 inch HVGA (320 x 480) IPS display, 3.2MP rear camera with LED flash, an old single-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM-8655 processor, 512MB of RAM, a 4GB MicroSD card pre-installed, and a battery that should be able to provide up to 8.5 hours of talk-time. The smartphone's Android version wasn't revealed.

The Kyocera Hydro Plus will be available in the US via Cricket Wireless (off-contract) starting the next few days, both online and in stores, offering access to the carrier’s Muve Music 4.0 service.

"The Hydro Plus is the fifth member of Kyocera’s Hydro Series, which has quickly become the gold standard in affordable waterproof smartphones. Combine great real-world features like Kyocera’s waterproofing with Cricket’s Muve Music and fantastic service plans, and Hydro Plus becomes a tremendous way for Cricket customers to stay connected and entertained in any environment without breaking the bank," declared Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc.


sources: Cricket / Leap Wireless, Kyocera via PhoneScoop

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posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:31 1

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Android 4.0 because Cricket loves selling phones with ICS..

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 18:08

2. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


It's not bad looking, but it's no spec master... then again, it is cheap... but the MotoG can be obtained for even less $$$

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 20:26

3. Florin.T (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


Yep, but waterproofing certainly costs extra, that's why this Kyocera isn't cheaper than the Moto G.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 01:21 1

4. hurrycanger (Posts: 1190; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


an old single-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM-8655 processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB rom, a 4GB MicroSD card pre-installed
At least it's waterproof, or else it would only sell at $60 or less.

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