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Hands-on with the Kyocera Hydro Android 4.0 smartphone

Gallery by Dan Seifert on Tuesday May 08, 2012.

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The new Kyocera Hydro is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that features unique water resistant abilities. Though it is positioned as an entry-level smartphone, it does allow users to submerge the phone in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes at a time without any concern.

The Hydro has both IPx5 and IPx7 water resistant certifications, so it can withstand splashing water or rainfall as well as submersion. The port covers and battery door are sealed with rubber gaskets, and there is a lock on the battery cover to keep it in place and keep water out. Kyocera also notes that there is material behind the earpiece to prevent any water from leaking in that way.

Aside from its water resistant abilities, the Hydro is a pretty basic smartphone. The 3.5-inch HVGA display is an IPS(INFO) unit, so it does have respectable viewing angles, but it's not very bright and the resolution is quite low for a 2012 smartphone. Under the hood is a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, which offered the exact kind of performance you would expect from a single-core processor. There was noticeable lag when moving through the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich interface - the Hydro won't win any benchmark competitions.

The Hydro is made of plastic, and it does feel quite plasticky in the hand. The rear cover's textured panel offers some grip when holding it, though.

Kyocera plans to release the Hydro in the U.S. later this year, but it has not announced carrier partnerships just yet. Being a 3G-only CDMA device, however, we would not be surprised to see it land on Sprint or one of Sprint's prepaid brands.

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