Kyocera Hydro phones are mid-range Android devices that are acclaimed for withstanding a drop in a tub. The newest iteration in the series is the Hydro Vibe, and it is coming to the U.S. soon through Sprint and Virgin Mobile.
In the device’s landing page, Kyocera promises that with the Hydro Vibe, you never have to “fear a dropped phone, water spill or conversation in a loud room again.” What the scientific term is for fearing a conversation in a loud room, we’re not sure, but Kyocera will end it anyway with what it calls Smart Sonic Receiver audio technology. The feature ensures that you can have a conversation even in really noisy places. It does this by transmitting sounds to your eardrums through vibrations.
However, what’s most notable about the smartphone is the fact that it’s waterproof. Don’t make the mistake of scuba diving with it, though. It can only withstand being submerged in 3.28 feet of water for 30 minutes. Aside from that, the device also has Android 4.3 Jellybean, a 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and two cameras (8-megapixel rear, 2-megapixel front).
“The demand for waterproof smartphones has only increased since Kyocera introduced the original Hydro in the U.S. in 2012 … Hydro Vibe is the third generation of waterproof Kyocera devices Sprint has brought to our prepaid and postpaid customers. Vibe eliminates the worries of liquid damage during a day at the beach or a day on the job without having to invest in a waterproof case or sacrificing the sleek style and functionality we expect from smartphones,” said David Owens, Sprint’s senior vice president for product.
The Hydro Vibe will be available through Sprint starting May 9 for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $9.59. It will be sold through Virgin Mobile starting on May 27 for $150 up front.