Kyocera intros waterproof Hydro View and DuraForce XD smartphones and ultra-rugged DuraXE flip cell phone
According to statistics, the most common damage to a smartphone is a broken screen closely followed by liquid ingression. Even though the data includes only smartphones, non-smartphones are equally prone to the same type of injuries. Luckily for users who fail at being gentle with their phones, there are manufacturers which specialize in more durable devices, for example Kyocera. The Japanese company just introduced a trio of new models including waterproof Hydro View and DuraForce XD smartphones and ultra-rugged DuraXE flip cell phone.
Kyocera unveils Hydro View for Cricket plus the DuraXE and DuraForce XD for AT&T
Kyocera Hydro VIEW Smartphone
When you see the Kyocera Hydro VIEW for the first time, it brings to mind the Hydro Air which was launched back in October 2015. The latest addition to the team, however, is a tad smaller and thinner (139 x 72.1 x 9.9 mm vs. 143.8 x 72.8 x 10.9 mm) and there are some differences in hardware. Just like other members of the Hydro family, the View is dust and water-resistant. To be more precise, the phone is IP57-certified meaning that it will survive up to 30 minutes in up to three feet of water.
The device packs a 5-inch screen with 540×960 resolution and wet finger tracking, and is powered by a Snapdragon 210 processor paired with 1GB of RAM. There is also a duo of cameras (5-megapixel on the back and 2-megapixel on the front), 8GB of storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD slot and 2,500 mAh battery.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the phone offers LTE radio which is slowly becoming a standard feature even in entry-level smartphones, as well as Bluetooth 4.1, and Wi-Fi with support for mobile hotspot. The Hydro View will be launched with Android 5.1 Lollipop on board and at the moment there is no word from Kyocera regarding possible update to 6.0 Marshmallow.
Kyocera DuraForce XD Phablet
If you are looking for an extra tough phablet, the DuraForce XD will fit the bill perfectly. This 5.7-incher will take a fair amount of rough treatment thanks to Military Standard 810G for resistance to dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, blowing rain, water immersion, and more. Moreover, the screen can be operated when wet or with gloved hands.
Spec-wise, the DuraForce XD is a pretty decent offering. Ticking inside its ruggudized body is a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and the huge screen offers HD resolution. The phone also sports 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, support for AT&T’s Enhanced Push-To-Talk functionality as well as capacious 3,700 mAh battery which is expected to deliver up to 23 hours of talk time or up to 34 days of standby time. Like the Hydro View, the DuraForce XD will ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Kyocera DuraXE Feature Phone
The Kyocera DuraXE is not a smartphone but is a heavy-duty device in every sense of the word. In addition to IP68 certification which makes the handset dust and waterproof for up to 30 minutes in up to six feet of water, the DuraXE also offers Military Standard 810G protection for dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog and humidity. Moreover, the phone is equipped with dual-mic noise cancellation and powerful dual front speakers for improving quality of calls in noisy environment.
The DuraXE has two screens – internal measuring 2.6 inches and offering 240×320 resolution, and external monochrome with high contrast measuring 1.08 inches. Furthermore, inside its indestructible body there is a Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable memory. Other key features include a 5-megapixel camera with video capture and a 1,500 mAh battery good for up to 9.4 hours of talk time or up to 16 days of standby time.
All three phones will arrive on January 8th with the Hydro View heading to Cricket and the DuraXE and DuraForce XD destined for AT&T. The Hydro View will cost $79.99 without contract. The DuraXE, on the other hand, will be priced at $13.50 per month for 20 months on an AT&T Installment plan, or $49.99 with two-year wireless service agreement (CRU Only) and the purchase of AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk, while the DuraForce XD will set you back $14.97 per month with $0 down with AT&T Next24 or $49.99 with a two-year wireless service agreement (CRU Only) and the purchase of AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk.