Verizon to offer waterproof Hydro Elite for $99.99

Starting Friday, the splash proof Kyocera Hydro Elite will be available on Verizon's 4G LTE network for $99.99.

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Kyocera Hydro Elite (Verizon)
The Kyocera Hydro Elite is will be available from Verizon for $99.99 after rebate and two-year contract. Kyocera

Verizon announced that it will begin offering the Hydro Elite, a waterproof 4G LTE handset from Kyocera, on Friday for $99.99 afters users sign a carrier agreement and send in a mail-in rebate.

The Elite can be fully submerged in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, meaning you can rest easy knowing your phone will be able to survive a day at the beach or an accidental dunk in the kitchen sink.

It's also equipped with a 4.3-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, and a 2,100mAh battery that has a reported talk time of up to 13 hours.

In addition, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device will have a 8-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 1080p HD video, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

Other features include NFC, wireless charging, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot to add up to 32GB of storage.

The Elite marks Kyocera's first Android smartphone on Verizon, and the manufacturer's third 4G LTE handset in the US, following the Torqueand Hydro XTRM.

Similar to those devices, the Elite will also feature Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver technology. This technology allows sound waves to travel through a ceramic transducer embedded inside the phone to the cartilage in your ear, increasing audio quality and eliminating the need of an in-ear speaker.

Alongside the Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE and its predecessor, the Elite will be one of three waterproof phones available on the carrier. So what do Verizon users out there think -- will you be getting a water-resistant handset?