Sprint and Boost Mobile announced they will offer the Kyocera Hydro Edge Android smartphone with or without contract. The entry-level spec phone’s main feature is that it can be submerged in up to 3.28 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The new model improves upon the original Kyocera Hydro with a larger display, better camera, and adds Smart Sonic Receiver technology to improve sound in noisy environments.
Kyocera’s Smart Sonic Receiver technology transmits audio directly from the screen via both sound waves and vibration, without the need for a traditional earpiece or loudspeaker. Since there is no speaker, the whole display vibrates create to sound. Kyocera claims this technology offers unparalleled sound quality in noisy environments and may help people with hearing disabilities.
Kyocera Hydro Edge Features:
- Android 4.1, Jelly Bean
- 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- Smart Sonic Receiver technology – improves audio in noisy environments
- 4-inch capacitive, impact-resistant touchscreen display
- 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and video camera
Sprint Price and Availability
Sprint will offer the Kyocera Hydro Edge for just $19.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement after a $50 mail-in-rebate via reward card in all Sprint retail channels, including Web Sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1). Available Friday, July 19, 2013.
Boost Mobile Price and Availability
Boost Mobile customers can buy the Kyocera Hydro Edge for $149.99 (excluding taxes) without a contract commitment. Available Tuesday, July 23, 2013.