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Waterproof Kyocera Hydro Elite launching this Thursday on Verizon for $100

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Kyocera and Verizon have just announced that a new waterproof smartphone would be launching on the carrier this Thursday, August 29th. It’s the Kyocera Hydro Elite, a 4G LTE smartphone that will cost you about $100 to own. For that, you’ll be entitled to a device that has a 4.3-inch HD display, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 1.3 megapixel front camera, NFC, wireless charging, and more.

It can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes, as well, so a rainy day shouldn’t be any problem for this guy to endure. It’s also good for those who find themselves in loud areas, as the Smart Sonic Receiver can transmit sounds directly to your inner-ear using a technique that combines air conduction and tissue conduction. The result is said to be audio that is much clearer and easier to hear than, say, bone-conduction technology.

It’s not an HTC One, a Motorola X or a DROID MAXX, but more options are never bad. Let us know if you’ll be looking to own one of these once they’re out in a couple of days.

Continue reading on the Kyocera Hydro Elite forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • MG83

    Only reason to buy a Kyocera is to throw it in the water.

    • Craig Becker

      You must not have had the privilege of playing with the kyocera echo? Dual screen flip phone? haha NOT

  • leocal79

    Good phone to buy a careless teenager or for a starter phone for people who are clumsy that’s about it

  • Max

    that speaker sounds interesting,, in my experience smartphones aren’t particularly good at actually making phone calls

  • jpchopper

    I would like it more if it weren’t on Verizon. Not everyone works in a cubicle; honestly I feel every phone should be waterproof, and cases optional, instead of absolute necessity.