Waterproof phones have been around forever, but for a long time this features was reserved only for rugged devices. The thing is, though, that not everyone is crazy about such phone since they tend to offer only basic functionality not to mention the fact that some can be downright ugly. Fortunately, a while ago manufacturers found a way to make smartphones waterproof and now almost every company has at least one such model in their portfolio. However, there’s one indisputable leader in this field. It’s the Japanese smartphone maker Kyocera which just launched another cheap waterproof phone for AT&T GoPhone prepaid service.
Kyocera Hydro Shore is now official. The phone comes with IP57 certification and costs just $79.99 without contract, which makes it a perfect choice for users on a tight budget.
How much it costs
Called the Hydro Shore, the new Kyocera phone is a very affordable offering which makes it a perfect choice for users on a tight budget. To be more precise, the phone costs just $79.99 outright. Since it’s released for AT&T’s GoPhone prepaid service, you won’t have to worry about any additional costs or fees.
Kyocera’s specialty – water resistance
Like other Kyocera’s phones, Hydro Shore’s main selling point is water resistance. The handset comes with IP57 rating which means that it can withstand submersion in water up to 3.28-feet (1 meter) deep for up to 30 minutes without suffering any damage. In addition to waterproof body, the device also sports special screen technology called Wet Touchscreen which works pretty much the way it sounds – the screen will respond to touch when it’s wet or your fingers are wet which is not possible on an average smartphone.
Other than being water resistant, the Hydro Shore is a very basic device. It packs a 5-inch display with a pretty low 960 x 540 resolution and is powered by a modest 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. The chip is accompanied by only 1GB of RAM and there’s just 8GB of internal memory though luckily expandable up to 64GB via microSD slot.
As for the camera, there are two of them, obviously – the main shooter on the back is equipped with a 5-megapixel sensor while the selfie camera is of 2-megapixel kind. The battery is a 2,160 mAh unit and the phone supports 4G LTE. Unfortunately, unlike most phones launched recently, the Hydro Shore won’t ship with the latest 6.0 Marshmallow version of Android. Instead, Kyocera opted for 5.1 Lollipop iteration.
As you can see, the Hydro Shore is an entry-level device, but you can’t really expect much more from a phone that costs well under $100. It may not offer any cutting-edge technology or breath-taking features, but if you are in the market for a water-proof smartphone and don’t have much money to spare, Kyocera’s new handset will certainly get the job done. The phone is already available for purchase and will be sold exclusively by Walmart so don’t go looking for it anywhere else.
source: Kyocera Mobile