Verizon officially outs Kyocera Hydro Elite, enlists Bear Grylls to market features

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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

Kyocera Hydro Elite on its way to Verizon

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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.

source: @evleaks

Sprint announces the Kyocera Hydro Rise smartphone

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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.

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Two new Kyocera phones leaked, Elite for Verizon and XTRM for US Cellular

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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.

source: evleaks

The Kyocera Event Makes Its Way To Virgin Mobile For $79

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Kyocera and Virgin Mobile have paired up once again to bring another low-cost pre-paid device. The Event can be had for a low $79 with no contract. When paired with Virgin’s $35 300 minute and unlimited data plan it can be a viable choice for new users looking for a decent device without having to pay a huge retail price. The Event brings a modest set of specs to the table which include a 3.5-inch HVGA  (320×480) display, a 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 512 Mb of RAM (Micro-SD card expandable), and a 3.2-Megapixel camera. There seems to be little presence of an OEM skin which is nice. Although the specs are far from blowing anyone away, it could be one of Virgin’s top sellers based on price.  You can read the full press release after the break.

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Ultra-Rugged Kyocera Torque 4G LTE smartphone coming to Sprint

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Sprint announced today the upcoming availability of the Kyocera Torque, a ruggedized 4G LTE Android smartphone. According to their press release, the Kyocera Torque meets the 810G MilSpec for dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, humidity, blowing rain, low pressure, salt fog and extreme temperatures. It also meets the IP67 standards for dust, sprayed water and full immersion of up to one meter for 30 minutes. The device has a 4-inch WVGA 800×480 LCD IPS screen backed by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and the ability to add microSD cards up to 32GB in size. The Torque will support both 4G LTE on Sprint’s network as well as the Direct Connect push-to-talk service. Kyocera includes their Smart Sonic Receiver technology on the device, eliminating the need for a speaker, relying instead on vibrations to transmit sound to the eardrum.

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Sprint Kyocera Torque E6710 passes through the FCC

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Sprint’s newest rugged smartphone, the Kyocera Torque E6710 , has officially made its way through the FCC today, marking an impending US launch. The device was originally revealed earlier this month in a set of leaked images.

Kyocera’s new budget handset sports Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, LTE, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Other than those fairly basic connectivity components, the rest of the smartphone’s innards remain unknown. There’s no word on a release date, though we’d expect to see the Torque E6710 hit store shelves next month. » Read the rest

Kyocera Rise Coming to Sprint August 19th for Just $19.99

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Sprint has been moving full steam ahead with their new LTE network, but that’s not stopping them from releasing 3G phones. We recently got our hands on the Kyocera Rise at CTIA, and now the phone has been confirmed to be launching on August 19th for $19.99 on a 2 year contract.

This 3G-only slider features a 3.2-megapixel camera, 3.5-inch HVGA (480 x 320) display, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, a 1,500mAh battery, and will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, the Kyocera Rise will soon gain support for Sprint’s Direct Connect push-to-talk. I know what you’re thinking, this isn’t a powerful phone by any stretch of the imagination, but you know what? Having low-end phones allows for those on a tight budget to get their hands on the Android OS, and that my friends is the beauty of Android.

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Kyocera Hydro Headed To Boost Mobile On August 3rd

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The underwater resilient phone, the Kyocera Hydro, is headed to Boost Mobile for release on August 3rd. The phone is going to be stocked with Android 4.0 with a 3.5′ screen. It’s going to cost $129 and be able to withstand at least 30 minutes below the surface. I wonder how good the signal strength will be under the water? It sounds like it’s going to be more of a protection thing than usability though.

Full press release after the break.

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Hands on with the Kyocera Rise and Hydro at CTIA

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Kyocera just announced the Rise and the Hydro, which are two entry-level Android smartphones. The Rise is a QWERTY slider (pictured above) with a 3.5-inch display and the Hydro (pictured below) is a waterproof offering with the same display. Both have Ice Cream Sandwich onboard and probably won’t be available till the second half of the year. We don’t have pricing yet, but expect them to be sub $100 for contracts. For more information, checkout our previous post or hit the break for a quick hands on.

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