We have a very good reason to suspect that Kyocera may not be done with expanding its Hydro lineup. On the same day that the Kyocera Hydro Vibe arrived at Sprint, we got a tip of another Kyocera waterproof Android phone going by the name of Hydro Icon that will also join Sprint’s smartphone portfolio. As the leakster suggests, the phone should show up on The Now network some time later in 2014.
Kyocera Hydro Icon coming to Sprint
The leaked image reveals a smartphone very similar to the Kyocera Hydro Vibe launched last Friday by Sprint. In fact, both phones look exactly the same, from capacitive buttons on the front, through top-mounted power button, to a patterned back panel. There could be three possible explanations for that.
Explanation one, which seems the most likely – the tipster posted a photo of the Hydro Vibe and will update his report later when a picture of the Hydro Icon is available. Explanation two – the Hydro Icon will be a rebranded Hydro Vibe, which doesn’t make much sense, since both handsets would be offered by one and the same carrier. Explanation three – the Hydro Icon will come with the same design as the Hydro Vibe but with different internals – possible, though its rather unlikely.
Lets forget for a moment about this puzzling similarity and assume that the photo shows the Hydro Icon. What would it tell us? First, that the phone is LTE-capable and features support for Sprint Spark. The device most likely runs Android 4.4 KitKat and we can tell that by the white icons. Moreover, we can see that in addition to a rear camera with LED flash, there will be also a front-facing camera. The fact that it belongs to the Hydro series clearly suggests that the Icon will be waterproof and dust resistant. The phone seems to be pretty large with screen measuring possibly around 4.7 or 5 inches.
The tip didn’t provide any details regarding the phone’s specs so we are merely speculating here. What we can tell from the leaked image and Kyocera’s Hydro lineup, that put the Icon in the mid-range sector. Keep in mind, though, that the photo may not actually present the handset in question. That said, we suggest you take the news with a grain of salt.