While all the buzz and hype at the MWC will be about the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, Kyocera promises to grab our attention with its new smartphone. Unlike other flagships which are all about the specs sheet, the Kyocera offering will reportedly be able to charge itself using solar energy.
It has been rumored that the upcoming iPhone 6 will feature a sapphire display, but Kyocera beat them to it with the Brigadier. The Brigadier had a soft launch last week on Verizon Wireless, and it is one tough cookie.
The Brigadier is classified as a rugged device, and boy is it. Check out the video below and see how the Sapphire display holds up against a “normal” display. Let’s hope this becomes the norm for all phones in the not too distant future.
Kyocera announced today they are making a new, ruggedized smartphone available for consumers through T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The new Kyocera Hydro Life goes beyond the water- and dust-resistance properties of typical consumer grade smartphones. The Hydro Life is certified to the IP57 standard for dust and full immersion in water up to a meter deep for up to 30 minutes. In addition, the smartphone meets Military Standard 810G for shock and drop protection. As part of their announcement, Kyocera tries to create the new term “fragiphoniphobia” to describe the fear of fragile phones and how that limits users from taking their devices into certain environments or situations.
Some people just don’t want or need that expensive smartphone. Sometimes they just want durability. So Boost Mobile customers can now take a look at the Hydro Icon. This Kyocera device, carrying a differently branded name, brings mid-range specifications to Boost Mobile customers for $149.99 without a contract. To protect it, Kyocera made sure it had IP57 certification. This means it can be submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes. The Hydro Icon can absorb shock from drops and falls thanks to its Military Standard 810G design. Interestingly enough, the device supports wireless charging right out of the box (PMA standard).
The 4.5-inch display has a qHD resolution and the glass panel itself is touted as being very durable, too. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. If the 8GB of internal storage worried you, there is a microSD card slot to add 32GB. On the back is an 8MP camera and a 2MP one sits on the front. To keep the Hydro Icon going through the day, the 2000mAh battery has some battery saving modes.
Today Kyocera announced their most recent mobile device in the Hydro Vibe and will be released on Sprint and Virgin Mobile’s network come May 9th (May 27th for Virgin Mobile). Pricing for the Hydro Vibe will be set at $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $9.59 with Sprint’s Easy Pay plan while Virgin Mobile will have it at $149.99 off-contract.
As for specs, you can expect a 4.5-inch 960×540 display, 1.2GHz quad-core MSM8926 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP and 2MP front and rear camera respectively. The device will have LTE capabilities and come with a 2,000mAh battery to power it all. Also, it wouldn’t be named “Hydra” if it didn’t have something to do with water, right? You can expect the Hydra Vibe to come with an IP57-rate for protection against both dust and water. You can check the Hydra Vibe’s promo video and full press release after the break.
There’s a trade off to having a rugged phone. Usually that trade off consists of having a phone that’s ugly as hell. Sadly, if evleaks is correct — and the famous leaker usually is — Kyocera is continuing that trend with its Brigadier phone. Slated for Verizon, the device is an unknown entity at the moment. We just know the name and where it’s going. We can see from the leaked images that it will come with LTE and will have physical buttons. Other than that, it’s a real mystery.
Verizon’s Kyocera Hydro Elite has leaked many times before, so the only thing left to happen was for Verizon to officially make the device, well, official. That’s finally happened, with Verizon setting up to offer the device online August 29th for $99.99, after a $50.00 mail-in rebate, and with a new two-year agreement, obviously.
The Hydro Elite is a solid device, with a 720p 4.3 inch screen powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. It’s also packing an 8 megapixel rear camera, LTE support, the ability to stay submerged in up to three feet of water for a half hour. It also has NFC touch-and-share and wireless charging capabilities, which is starting to become a trend for Verizon phones. To help really push the phone over the top, however, is the fact that survivalist expert Bear Grylls will help market the rugged features of this device. There’s a handful of videos on Kyocera’s YouTube channels with Grylls demonstrating the phone’s waterproof features and its unique “Sonic Receiver” technology, which supposedly makes the device audible under noisy circumstances. It’s a pretty crazy marketing scheme, but it’s extremely entertaining either way.
Anybody planning on picking up one of these waterproof phones in the next few days?
source: Verizon Wireless
Frequent smartphone tipster @evleaks posted a tip earlier today indicating Verizon will be getting the Kyocera Hydro Elite added to their portfolio in June. Along with posting an image of the mysterious device, @evleaks indicates the device will be available for only $50. At that price point, the hardware is probably not anything particularly cutting edge. Just based on the name though, the Hydro Elite will likely be a waterproof device similar to the Kyocera Hydro announced earlier this year. If that is accurate, the new offering from Verizon will join the Kyocera Hydro Rise recently announced for Sprint in competing for customers looking for a more rugged smartphone.
Hot of the heels of its unique Hydro smartphone, Sprint has announced the brand-new Hydro Edge for the general public. Developed by Kyocera, this new Jelly Bean-powered toy features a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip, a 4-inch impact resistant display and a 5 megapixel camera . Additionally, this new device will be fully waterproof and have a Smart Sonic Receiver unit.
And now for the news prospective customers have been waiting on: the Hydro Rise will land in Sprint and Boost Mobile stores sometime this summer. Unfortunately, Sprint hasn’t come out with the exact release date or the pricing just yet, but we should expect to receive further information on the Hydro Edge as we get closer to whenever it is the phone’s release date will be.
Two new Kyocera phones have popped up, courtesy of evleaks on Twitter. The top phone is the Kyocera Elite, an Android powered smartphone packing LTE bands for Verizon. This is Verizon’s first ever Kyocera smartphone, and their first Kyocera phone since 2006. No word on specs, but I have a feeling it’s not going to compete with the Galaxy S 4.
Also leaked is the Kyocera XTRM that’s heading to US Cellular. From the name, we can tell that it’s going to be a sturdy, rugged phone. No word on specs there, either, but as with most other rugged Android phones, they’re usually pretty modest devices. We should be hearing a bit more about both of these devices in the coming weeks, and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as anything comes up.