Sprint Nextel announced today that the Kyocera Hydro phone will be available on Boost Mobile for $129.99 starting August 3rd at Boost Mobile stores, select independent wireless dealers and at www.boostmobile.com with free shipping.
According to Sprint and Kyocera, the Hydro is the first IPX5 and IPX7 level water-proof Android-powered smartphone that doesn’t require a contract. IPX5 and IPX7 are IEC 529 European (ECC) standards for water resistant equipment. The IPX5 certification means the phone will not be harmed by rain or water spray. IPX7 means the phone can survive being submerged one meter deep for 30 minutes. Which means that if you are a boater or have a history of dropping you phones in the toilet or swimming pool, the Hydro is the phone for you. It might even survive a cycle in the washing machine, although I wouldn't count of that.
The Hydro's other specs are pretty decent, considering the phone's low price:
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 1GHz single core Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon processor
- Access to more than 600,000 Android Apps as well as music and movies on Google Play
- 3.5-inch 320 x 480 px capacitive touchscreen display
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b,g,n
- Bluetooth 2.0
- GPS enabled
- 800 and 1900 Mhz EV-DO Rev.A
- 3.2MP fixed focus camera with flash and video camera
- Eco Mode for better battery management
- Light sensor and Proximity sensor
- 512 MB RAM, 2 GB internal storage with 900 MB available to user
- 1500 mAh battery
- 4.16 oz (118 gm) weight
- 4.53 x 2.44 x 0.5 inches (115.0 x 62.0 x 12.8 mm) dimensions
There's one thing missing that I'd expect in a rugged Boost Mobile handset, Push To Talk (Walkie Talkie) which has been a key spelling of Boost's iDEN phones for many years. With the iDEN network in the process of being shut down, Boost still doesn't have a single CDMA PTT phone in its lineup. I wonder why. Is Sprint trying to push PTT users to post paid?