Kyocera Hydro Wave swims onto T-Mobile and MetroPCS with water-resistant body, Android 5.1


Kyocera has released several water-resistant Android phones in recent years using its Hydro brand, and now that family has grown again.

The Kyocera Hydro Wave is launching at both T-Mobile and MetroPCS, and like other members of the Wave family, the Hydro Wave isn’t afraid of a little water. The phone can withstand being submerged in 3.28 feet (1 meter) of water for up to 30 minutes. It can also take a bit of a beating because it’s Militery Standard 810G certified for shock and drops, and it’s also IP5X dustproof-rated.

The rest of the Hydro Wave’s spec list includes a 5-inch qHD (that’s 960×540) display, 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, 8GB of storage (4GB user-accessible), a microSD slot, and support for LTE bands 2, 4, and 12. Powering the Hydro Wave is a combination of a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 2300mAh battery, and Android 5.1

The Hydro Wave is now available from T-Mobile in postpaid and prepaid flavors. The postpaid version is available for $0 down and 24 payments of $6.25 each, or $149.99 full retail. Meanwhile, the prepaid model has a suggested retail price of $189.99. MetroPCS will begin offering the Hydro Wave on July 27.

Kyocera’s Hydro Wave may not be the most highly-specced phone ever, but its low price and water and dust-resistant shell could make it an attractive option for folks that spend a lot of time outdoors, especially with summer and beach time still in full effect.

Sources: Businesswire, T-Mobile postpaid and prepaid

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