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Closer look at the Hydro Edge

Some stylish details

Glancing at the touch screen

A shortcut camera key

Keeping the back secure

5MP camera in the rear

LAS VEGAS -- Scheduled for a summer release via Sprint and Boost Mobile, the 3G-enabled Kyocera Hydro Edge runs Android 4.1 and can survive a dunk under a meter of water for 30 minutes.

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The Edge has a matte-gray plastic construction that, while simple, isn't particularly game-changing. However, compared with the original Hydro's glossy plastic design, the Edge's build feels a bit more luxurious and chic.

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The handset has a 4-inch IPS touch-screen display, with a 800x480-pixel resolution and 233ppi. Though you won't be able to watch the crispest HD movies on it, text and icons still displayed clearly and smoothly when I viewed it.

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The device measures 4.9 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide, and 0.39 inch thick. In addition, it weighs 4.5 ounces. Here, you can see that the right edge houses a shortcut button that launches the camera.

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On the back you'll find the camera with its LED flash, and a small slit for the speaker. To remove the battery door, you'll need to switch the toggle lock at the bottom.

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The Edge is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 1,600mAh battery. Among its other hardware features is a 5-megapixel camera, which includes photo editing features such as panoramic and HDR shooting.

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