Kyocera Hydro Shore: The First Affordable Waterproof Android Smartphone

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There have been so many water-proof smartphones of late, and even some, like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge possess dust resistance in addition. But there’s been one thing in common with all these waterproof devices: they are all high-end and pricey.

That shouldn’t be a surprise, considering the cost of producing waterproof components and sealing them off on the inside. Nevertheless, a lot of budget buyers desire a waterproof smartphone, but don’t have the purchasing power to get any of these high-end devices. The sheer possibility of being able to dump your phone in the pool and be at rest, is temptation enough.

So how would you like the idea of a budget smartphone with waterproof capability? Search no more, it’s here already. The Kyocera Hydro Shore Android smartphone has been announced, and it’s a budget-friendly device with modest specs and, most importantly, waterproof capability.

The Hydro Shore has both IPX5 and IPX7 certifications, the former making the phone survive minimal contact with water, and the latter allowing the phone to be submerged in up to 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes.

The waterproof abilities don’t end there. The screen of the Kyocera Hydro Shore can be operated while it is wet, useful for times when you need to get in the shower while expecting an important notification.

Other features of the budget waterproof phone include a 5-inch display with 960 * 540 pixel resolution. It has a 5MP front camera and 2MP selfie camera, and comes with 8GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD slot. The Hydro Shore is powered by a 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 processor, and runs on a 2,160mAh battery. The device runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.

Below is the summary of the specifications of the Kyocera Hydro Shore.

Kyocera Hydro Shore Specifications

  • 5-inch Display.
  • 960 * 540 pixel resolution.
  • 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 Processor
  • 8GB ROM, expandable
  • 5MP Rear Camera
  • 2MP Front Camera
  • 2,160mAh Battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop

Kyocera Hydro Shore Price in U.S. and UK

The Kyocera Hydro Shore is available for AT&T users for now, and those on the AT&T GoPhone pre-paid service. The Kyocera Hydro Shore is currently on sale exclusively on Walmart for $80.

Watch the video below to see the waterproof capabilities of the Kyocera Hydro Shore.

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