The waterproof Kyocera Hydro Elite
is going to be available from Verizon starting on August 29th, which is this coming Thursday. With a name like Hydro Elite, you expect the handset to offer a high level of protection against water. Sure enough, this model can be immersed in up to one meter of water (3 feet) for a half an hour and keep ticking.
The Kyocera Hydro Elite will feature a 4.3 inch 720 x 1280 display with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor under the hood. Smart Sonic Receiver technology allows you to hear the other end of your phone conversation even if you're sitting in the middle of a packed 80,000 seat football stadium. The rear and front facing cameras are 8MP and 1.3MP respectively and a 2100mAh battery keeps the lights on. The phone also supports wireless charging.
Android or smartphone newbs will be happy to see the "starter mode" on board. This helps those who have never had an Android phone or a smartphone, set up the handset thanks to large fonts and intuitive graphics. The Kyocera Hydro Elite is $99.99 with a signed two-year contract, and after a $50 mail-in rebate.