CNET First Look
Take a dip with the 3G Kyocera Hydro EdgeThe Kyocera Hydro Edge is a waterproof handset that features a 4-inch screen, Android 4.1, and a 5-megapixel camera.
Hello, everybody. It's Lynn La from CNET and today we're gonna check out the Kyocera Hydro EDGE from Sprint and Boost Mobile. Now just like its predecessor the Hydro, the Hydro EDGE is a waterproof midrange handset. It can survive being dunked in up to a meter of water for about 30 minutes. It sports a 4-inch IPS display with an 800x480 pixel resolution and it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Powering its insides is a 1.6 ampere-hour battery that has a reported talk time of up to 13 hours and a 1 gigahertz dual-core processor. You'll also get 1 gigabyte of RAM, 4 gigabytes of ROM, and expandable memory up to 32 gigabytes via a micro-SD card slot. On the back you'll get a 5-megapixel camera capable of shooting 720p video but no front-facing camera. Above the display you'll also see there's no in-ear speaker. That's because the phone has Smart Sonic Receiver technology. Through the use of a ceramic transistor inside the phone, audio waves travel through the hard tissue inside your ear which boosts audio clarity and quality. If you're interested the device is going for about $20 from Sprint after users sign a 2-year contract. For prepaid users, you could buy it from Boost Mobile for about $150 but keep in mind that the Boost Mobile version doesn't come with Mobile Hotspot capabilities. Again, I'm Lynn and you've been checking out the Kyocera Hydro EDGE.