A new water-resistant smartphone from Kyocera arrives at Sprint and Boost Mobile with really impressive offers: the Hydro Edge will be released at Sprint starting July 19 for 20$ on a two-year agreement after a $50 rebate, and for $150 as a prepaid device, on Boost Mobile, from July 23rd. The smartphone looks similar to the Hydro Xtrm and can be submerged in more than 3 feet water, for up to half an hour. The dimensions are of 4.90 x 2.5 x 0.39 inches and it weights 128 grams. It has a 4 inch display and it is also dust proof. The Hydro Edge uses the Smart Sonic Reciever technology, which allows for audio to be heard using a ceramic transducer transmitting vibrations through the screen via cartilage around the ear.
The device comes with a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and features a 5MP camera, our source states. Other specs include a multi-touch touchscreen made of scratch-resistant glass, a 1600 mAh battery, a MicroSD card slot, Voice dialing, Voice commands and Voice recording. As you can see, it is a mid-level JB based smartphone but it has its advantages so I guess you’ll consider it when you decide to buy a handset.
Of course, if you want a waterproof smartphone and you are not on a budget, you can always purchase the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, which costs £530 at Carphone Warehouse. Even if the price is much higher, you’ll also get a 5-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, a 1.9GHz quad-core Krait 300 processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The Galaxy S4 Active also has an 8MP camera, so it’s worth the money.
What do you think of the Kyocera Hydro Edge? What smartphone would you buy?