Cricket’s Kyocera Hydro Plus offers water-resistance on the cheap

We wouldn’t blame you if you’ve never heard of Kyocera before. The Japanese company doesn’t have a large footprint in the smartphone market, but it has been making mobile devices for a very long time now. Its Hydro series is quite common in the US and these handsets are mostly available via carriers. The company has added a new installment to the lineup, the Hydro Plus which is available from Cricket.

The device will take its place amongst the original Hydro, the Edge, the XTRM and the Elite, all of which are designed with water-resistant form factors. The Plus model is IPx5 and IPx7 certified and it can be submerged at up to one meter for a period of 30 minutes max.

Kyocera Hydro Plus

The handset will go on sale through Cricket as an affordable option. It falls deep in the entry-level segment where the specifications are concerned. And it’s powered by an undisclosed version of Android. By the looks of it, the Kyocera Hydro Plus could arrive with Jelly Bean, probably 4.1 or 4.2. Cricket is offering the device with the Muve Music 4.0 service that allows you to stream music for free and you also get a 4GB microSD card bundled with the phone.

Here are the specifications:

– Platform: Android
– Display: 3.5-inch HVGA IPS LCD
– Processor: 1GHz Snapdragon chip
– Memory: 512MB RAM; 2GB ROOM
– Camera: 3.2MP main with LED flash
– Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0
– Battery life: 8.5 hours of talktime
– Dimensions: 4.53 x 2.44 x 0.50 inches
– Weight: 120 grams

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The Kyocera Hydro Plus has already gone on sale through the carrier’s website and retail stores as well as dealers across the US. It can be picked up for $139.99 sans any contract with service plans starting at $50 per month.