Kyocera Announces Hydro XTRM And Hydro Edge At CTIA 2013

Kyocera might not be a popular name in the Android market but the company has been releasing several good smartphones for Sprint. Over at CTIA 2013 the company announced two new Android devices that are waterproof. The Hydro Edge is aimed at the budget conscious consumer while the Hydro XTRM is a higher end device that is also shockproof aside from being waterproof.

Kyocera aims to capitalize on the Hydro branding as their Kyocera Hydro smartphone is one of the top ten bestselling smartphones every month since it was launched last August. The company aims to start a new line of Hydro products with the entry of these two new models. A company representative confirmed that there is already a high end Hydro device planned for future release.

Hydro Edge Technical Specifications

  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Bright 4-inch impact-resistant touchscreen display
  • 5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera

Hydro XTRM Technical Specifications

  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Bright 4-inch impact-resistant IPS touchscreen display
  • 5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with camcorder; 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera

Both devices have similarities. They both run on Android 4.1.2, they are waterproof, Kyocera’s Smart Sonic Receiver technology that improves sound and both use Kyocera’s MaxiMZR app which saves battery life.

The Hydro Edge will soon make its way to Sprint and Boost later this summer. The pricing for this model has yet to be revealed.

The Hydro XTRM is available at U.S. Cellular for only $29.99 after an instant rebate and will come with a two year contract.

According to Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc., “With 30 waterproof phones introduced globally since 2008, Kyocera has unparalleled expertise in designing devices to survive the elements. This new generation of Hydro phones is built from the ground up to keep the liquid out, yet doesn’t compromise sleek styling, affordability or performance.”

At CTIA 2013 Kyocera held a media event at Mandalay Bay on a bar completely made of ice. The glasses that held the drinks were even made of ice. Both smartphone models were featured in this event and were also placed inside blocks of ice. A company representative however said that it’s unlikely that the models can withstand such environment however it did make a great illustration for its products.

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