CNET.com – August 27, 2013
Verizon to Offer Waterproof Hydro Elite for $99.99
Verizon announced that it will begin offering the Hydro Elite, a waterproof 4G LTE handset from Kyocera, on Friday for $99.99 after users sign a carrier agreement and send in a mail in rebate.
The Elite can be fully submerged in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, meaning you can rest easy knowing your phone will be able to survive a day at the beach or an accidental dunk in the kitchen sink.
It’s also equipped with a 4.3-inch HD display, a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon processor, and a 2,100mAh battery that has a reported talk time of up to 13 hours.
TWICE.com – August 27, 2013
Kyocera Expands Hydro Series, Returns to Verizon
Kyocera Communications is expanding its Hydro series of waterproof smartphones and offering its first Verizon-network phone since 2007 with the launch of the Hydro Elite.
The LTE-equipped Android 4.1 smartphone will retail for $99 beginning Aug. 29 through Verizon Wireless online, telesales and authorized premium retailers, as well as through Best Buy’s website and Amazon.com, a Kyocera spokesperson said. Broader availability starts in early September.
Besides the Hydro Elite, the Hydro series consists of the original Hydro, a 3G phone launched August 2012 at $199 without contract by Boost Mobile and now priced at $69 without a contract. The Elite also joins the 3G Hydro Edge, launched last month by Boost at $149 without a contract and at Sprint for free after $50 mail-in rebate with contract.
Engadget.com – August 27, 2013
Verizon to Launch Waterproof Kyocera Hydro Elite on August 29 for $100
Kyocera handsets in the US typically debut on Sprint or smaller carriers like Boost or Cricket, but that doesn’t mean Verizon can’t have a go at devices from the Japanese company. First spied a few months ago, the Kyocera Hydro Elite is one such handheld headed for Big Red, and looks to be a waterproof model much like its Hydro predecessor. Indeed, the Hydro Elite can supposedly be immersed in up to 3.28 feet (1 meter) of water for almost half an hour before calling it quits. Like the Torque, the Hydro Elite also boasts a Smart Sonic Receiver technology that promises outstanding audio quality even in the noisiest environments.
PhoneScoop.com – August 27, 2013
Kyocera Brings Hydro Series to Verizon
Verizon Wireless today announced the Kyocera Hydro Elite, a waterproof Android phone. The Elite is the highest-end model of Kyocera’s growing Hydro series, sporting a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, 8-megapixel camera, front camera, NFC, Qi wireless charging, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, DLNA, global roaming, and a memory card slot. Verizon hasn’t carried a Kyocera phone since 2007. The relatively new Hydro series has been a major success for Kyocera. Sprint, Boost, Cricket, and U.S. Cellular all carry at least one Hydro. The Elite is rated for immersion in up to 3.28 feet of water for up to 30 minutes (IPX7), plus blowing rain (IPX5). The Elite is a 4G LTE phone and also includes Kyocera’s exclusive Smart Sonic Receiver technology for better sound in noisy environments. It has 16 GB of embedded memory and 1.5 GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.1 plus Kyocera software for an easy Starter mode, and an Eco mode for saving battery. The Hydro Elite will be available from Verizon this Thursday, August 29th, for $150 with contract. A $50 mail-in rebate brings the cost down to $100.
AndroidCentral.com – August 27, 2013
‘Waterproof’ Kyocera Hydro Elite Headed to Verizon Aug. 29
A new “waterproof” phone is headed to Big Red this week — the Kyocera Hydro Elite. Closely resembling its counterpart on Sprint, the Hydro Edge, the Hydro Elite will feature “protection from blowing rain and immersion in up to one meter of water (3.28-feet) for as long as 30 minutes”
Let’s be clear here. The Hydro Elite’s main selling point will be the IPX5 certification for low-pressure water spray and the IPX7 certification for water immersion. This means that the phone will withstand “water spray projected at all angles through a half-inch (6.3 millimeters) nozzle at a flow rate of 3.3 gallons (12.5 liters) per minute at a gage pressure of 30kN/m2 for 3 minutes from 3.28 feet (1 meter).” And this is a big selling point for many, who aren’t concerned with having the latest and greatest specs, or playing console-quality games on their smartphone. The rest of the supplied specifications — wireless charging, NFC, 2100mAh battery, 8MP (rear) and 1.3MP (front) cameras and expandable storage — are pretty standard for all phones now.
AndroidAuthority.com – August 27, 2013
Kyocera Hydro Elite will arrive on Verizon’s network come August 29th
Back in May, famed leaker @evleaks released an image of the Kyocera Hydro Elite, claiming the handset would arrive on Verizon’s network by the end of June. While the date was way off, Verizon has now officially announced the Hydro Elite will be available on Big Red starting August 29th.
The Kyocera Hydro Elite is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor accompanied by 1.5GB RAM. It also features a 4.3-inch 720p display, 16GB storage, microSD, global roaming support, NFC, an 8MP rear cam, 1.3MP front cam, 4G LTE, wireless charging support and a 2,100 mAh battery. To help further improve battery life, the Hydro Elite also includes the company’s Eco Mode with MaxiMZR power-management software.
Phandroid.com – August 27, 2013
Waterproof Kyocera Hydro Elite Launching This Thursday on Verizon for $100
Kyocera and Verizon have just announced that a new waterproof smartphone would be launching on the carrier this Thursday, August 29th. It’s the Kyocera Hydro Elite, a 4G LTE smartphone that will cost you about $100 to own. For that, you’ll be entitled to a device that has a 4.3-inch HD display, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 1.3 megapixel front camera, NFC, wireless charging, and more.
It can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes, as well, so a rainy day shouldn’t be any problem for this guy to endure. It’s also good for those who find themselves in loud areas, as the Smart Sonic Receiver can transmit sounds directly to your inner-ear using a technique that combines air conduction and tissue conduction. The result is said to be audio that is much clearer and easier to hear than, say, bone-conduction technology.
AndroidCommunity.com – August 27, 2013
Kyocera Hydro Elite Coming to Verizon Wireless
The Kyocera Hydro Elite had been rumored as heading to Verizon Wireless and as of today it has been officially announced. Big Red will have this handset available as of August 29th and they seem to really be pushing the waterproof aspect. Thankfully though, there is a bit more to the Hydro Elite than just being water-friendly.
This is the first Hydro branded handset to arrive with Verizon Wireless, however Kyocera has released the Hydro XTRM as well as the Hydro EDGE. Coincidentally we recently spent some time and reviewed the Hydro EDGE. The nice part for those looking towards the Hydro Elite with Verizon comes in with the specs. The handset retains the same protection against dust and can withstand being in 3.28 feet of water for up to 30 minutes time.
Slashgear.com – August 27, 2013
Kyocera Hydro Elite Hits Verizon with Full Waterproof Abilities
If you’re tired of waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active to come to Verizon, Kyocera has your back. The device known as Kyocera Hydro Elite brings on a 4.3-inch display at 720p with an 8 megapixel camera at its back and a front-facing camera suitable for video chat. The whole unit is rated for water immersion of up to 3.28 feet of water for around 30 minutes – not that you’d be leaving it in the drink that long – that’s a real-deal IPX7 rating, mind you.
You’ll also be working with the IPX5 rating for “blowing rain” just supposing you’re headed out to the docks. This device is only otherwise carried by US Cellular, Sprint, Cricket, and Boost mobile, suggesting the company only originally meant the device to be carried by brands smaller than the top tier.
*UPDATE: Correction! This is absolutely NOT the same device as we’ve seen before. Instead, as Kyocera notes: This device is part of Kyocera’s Hydro Series of waterproof smartphones which includes the original Hydro (launched August 2012, available at Boost Mobile and Cricket), Hydro XTRM (launched May 2013, available at US Cellular), and Hydro Edge (launched July 2013, available at Sprint and Boost Mobile). As it stands, this device is the highest-powered device in the series and is aimed at Verizon to compete with the likes of the DROIDs and the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE immediately.
AndroidPolice.com – August 27, 2013
Kyocera’s Waterproof Hydro ELITE Launches on Verizon Online August 29th, $99 with a Two-Year Contract (After $50 Rebate)
My first two smartphones, the Milano and the Rise, were both made by Kyocera, so I have a soft spot for the brand. The company’s handsets generally may not be high-end, or even midrange, but they’re good for average folks who don’t live and die by the number of pixels their phone is able to push or flip tables if there’s a momentary stutter when switching between home screens. Kyocera’s latest offering, the Hydro ELITE, will launch online at Verizon Wireless this Thursday, August 29th, and it’s quite an improvement over the company’s usual offerings.
Kyocera’s devices typically leave much to be desired, but the Hydro ELITE is a big step up from its predecessor. With a 4.3-inch 720p display and a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, this looks to be a handset that dedicated Android users can whip out around their tech savvy friends without embarrassment. This is especially true when you consider that most of the competition still lacks support for Qi wireless charging and won’t work in the pool or bathtub. This waterproof handset can handle being submerged under three feet of water for up to thirty minutes.
PhoneDog.com – August 27, 2013
Kyocera Hydro Elite Diving Into Verizon’s Device Pool on Aug. 29 with Android and a Waterproof Body
Following the launch of the waterproof Kyocera Hydro Edge on Boost Mobile and Sprint as well as the Kyocera Hydro XTRM on U.S. Cellular, it appears that it’s now time for Verizon to get in on the aquaphobic smartphone fun. Verizon Wireless today revealed that it will launch the Kyocera Hydro Elite in its web store on Aug. 29 for $99.99 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.
As you might’ve guessed, one of the Hydro Elite’s tentpole features is its waterproof design, which allows the device to be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. The Hydro Elite also sports a 4.3-inch HD display, 8-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras, NFC, microSD card slot, global roaming support, Eco Mode power management software and a 2,100mAh battery. In addition, Kyocera has included its Smart Sonic Receiver tech, a feature that transmits sounds as vibrations rather than relying on a traditional phone speaker.
AndroidGuys.com – August 27, 2013
Verizon Calls Upon Waterproof Hydro ELITE
Verizon announced on Tuesday that the next smartphone to join its roster will be the waterproof Hydro ELITE. Packing a 4.3-inch HD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and 2100mAh battery, the waterproof handset arrives on August 29 with a $99.99 (after $50-mail-in rebate) price.
Additional details include NFC, 4G LTE, microSD expansion, Kyocera’s Eco Mode, and wireless charging capability.
The Hydro ELITE is optimized to get sound in with Kyocera’s award-winning Smart Sonic Receiver technology. This ceramic actuator replaces the phone’s speaker and transmits sounds as vibrations, making the phone audible even in the noisiest environments.
UnwiredView.com – August 27, 2013
Verizon Announces the Waterproof Kyocera Hydro Elite
Verizon has officially confirmed that it’s going to launch the Kyocera Hydro Elite, a new smartphone that was first spotted a couple of weeks ago.
Like many Kyocera handsets that are usually released by Sprint in the US, Verizon’s Hydro Elite is waterproof, and can be immersed in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes.
Running Android Jelly Bean (version 4.1), the new Kyocera features a 4.3 inch HD (1280 x 720) display, LTE connectivity, Smart Sonic Receiver technology (“making the phone audible even in the noisiest environments”), Touch-and-Send NFC sharing, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 2,100 mAh battery, and wireless charging capabilities.
AndroidHeadlines.com – August 27, 2013
Kyocera Hydro ELITE Makes a Splash on Verizon August 29 for $99 on Contract After $50 Mail-in Rebate
We had heard rumors months ago that the Kyocera Hydro ELITE was coming to Verizon and now Big Red confirms these rumors with a press release assuring us of an August 29 release date and pricing on a two-year contract of only $99 with a $50 mail-in rebate. Not bad for a phone that can withstand 1 meter of water for 30 minutes, but this phone is more than just about keeping the water out. It fills a nice void on Verizon by giving them a phone for their active, outdoor customers, with waterproof capabilities at a reasonable price and supplements their higher priced Casio G’zOne Ravine 2 at $200.
The sleek Hydro ELITE is a global-ready 4G LTE Android smartphone that is built to be a tough phone, capable of those drops in puddles at the bus stop or horsing around the swimming pool. It is not only waterproof and dunk proof; it also comes with an impact resistant screen. Extreme-survivalist Bear Grylls, the star of the hit series “Get Out Alive” and father of three active boys, helps showcase the phone in Kyocera’s video shown below:
Softpedia.com – August 27, 2013
Kyocera Hydro ELITE Will Arrive at Verizon on August 29
Today, mobile phone carrier Verizon Wireless officially confirmed plans to add to its offering the Kyocera Hydro ELITE smartphone starting with August 29, providing users with a great waterproof experience while on the go.
The new device will hit the market with support for the wireless carrier’s 4G LTE network, while also being global-ready, the company announced.
Kyocera Hydro ELITE lands on shelves with a 4.3-inch touchscreen capable of delivering an HD resolution, while featuring an 8-megapixel HD photo snapper on the back, and a 1.3MP front camera for making video calls.
The specifications list of the new device also includes a 2100 mAh battery with wireless charging, along with a microSD memory card slot for expansion purposes.
MobileMag.com – August 27, 2013
Kycoera Hydro Elite Arriving to Verizon, Available August 29th
Earlier today Verizon announced the Kyocera Hydro Elite will be heading to its network on August 29th for $99.99 with contract, after $50.
So what does that $100 get you? First, the phone can handle up to 30 minutes in 3.28-foot deep water. Second, it has reasonably decent specs like a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 4.3-inch 720p display, and has 1.5GB of RAM. Some of the other specs include 16GB storage, microSD, a 2,100 mAh battery, 4G LTE support, an 8MP rear cam, 1.3MP front cam, NFC, Qi Wireless and the power of Android Jelly Bean.
Not that impressed? While the specs don’t blow anyone away, they are pretty solid. The water and dustproofing is a nice touch, too. What really stands out with the Hydro Elite though is something called a “Smart Sonic Receiver”.
TelecomPaper.com – August 27, 2013
Verizon Introduces Kyocera Hydro Elite Smartphone
Verizon Wireless has announced the new waterproof Hydro Elite by Kyocera. The new LTE Android smartphone features a 4.3-inch HD display, a “Starter Mode” user interface, wireless charging, touch-and-send NFC sharing, a 2,100 mAh battery, an 8-megapixel HD camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and support for up to 32 GB of expandable memory. The Hydro Elite by Kyocera will be available online through Verizon beginning 29 August for USD 99.99 after USD 50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.
TheDroidGuy.com – August 27, 2013
Kyocera Hydro Elite Coming to Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless has announced the arrival of the new Kyocera Hydro Elite smartphone as a decent midrange offering. The smartphone features IPX5 and IPX7 certification for protection against submersion water and rain. The Hydro Elite will also carry support for Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE networks. According to Phone Scoop, this is the first Kyocera smartphone to hit Verizon since 2007. Kyocera also sells the Hydro series of smartphones on U.S. Cellular, Sprint and Boost Mobile.
The Kyocera Hydro Elite packs a decent sized 4.3 inch 720p display, a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 8MP rear camera, 16GB of internal storage, 1.5GB of RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The smartphone is also capable of charging wirelessly through Qi compatible chargers.
MobileTechReview.com – August 27, 2013
Verizon Releases Kyocera Hydro ELITE Waterproof Smartphone
Verizon Wireless today starts selling the waterproof Android smartphone from Kyocera. The Hydro ELITE by Kyocera is available online starting Aug 29 for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Here’s more info:
The new waterproof Hydro ELITE by Kyocera is a sleek, global-ready 4G LTE Android smartphone with a 4.3-inch HD display. The device offers protection from blowing rain and immersion in up to one meter of water (3.28 ft.) for as long as 30 minutes.
Why opt for a waterproof phone? Analysts say that nearly 100 million smartphones in the United States have been destroyed by liquids to date, according to TNS Global. The list of everyday hazards waiting to wreak havoc on mobile devices is almost endless – rainstorms, sinks, puddles, sprinklers and even the dreaded toilet.
PhoneDog.com – August 27, 2013
Kyocera Hydro Elite
After months of rumors about this device, it was confirmed by Verizon Wireless and Kyocera today. The Kyocera Hydro Elite will be available starting this Thursday August 29, 2013.
Release date: Thursday August 29, 2013
Announced Carrier: Verizon Wireless
Announced Price: $99.99 with two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate
NextPowerUp.com – August 27, 2013
Verizon to Begin Offering Kyocera Hydro Elite Starting August 29 for $100
The Kyocera Hydro Elite is a waterproof phone made by the company named Kyocera. While their handsets typically launch on small US networks like Cricket or Boost or even Sprint, rarely do we see a major US carrier, especially one as big as Verizon, carry such a device. Well, all this is about to change this August 29 when Verizon Wireless officially begins selling the Kyocera Hydro Elite for $100 with a two-year contract.
The primary attraction of the handset is its ability to stay alive despite being immersed in 1 meter deep water. Packing a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8 megapixel rear and 1.3 megapixel front cameras, 4G LTE network connectivity, Qi Wireless charging, NFC, MHL and DLNA support, a micro SD card slot and a 2,100 mAh battery, the Hydro Elite is a strictly mid-range Android device with a few high-end specifications thrown in as well.
LifeAtTheMoment.com – August 27, 2013
Sprint Kyocera Torque Smartphone Review and Giveaway
When I heard that Sprint’s new Kyocera Torque smartphone was water-proof, dirt-proof, and drop-proof, I thought it would be the perfect phone for parents. That is why I am bringing you a Kyocera Torque review and giveaway from Sprint today.
Torque can handle all the rain, sprinklers, hoses, spit, drool, drinks, sinks or toilet water life can throw at it (up to one meter for up to 30 minutes). Let’s face it, with kids around, your phone will probably experience of these challenges sooner or later! Kyocera Torque is the water and drop-proof smartphone designed to handle all of the “misadventures” in stride because you have other things to worry about than needing a new smartphone. So now you can hand your phone over to your child without worry. In fact, it would be a great first phone for kids too!
TheNextWeb.com – August 27, 2013
Planning a Marathon or Triathlon? Here’s Our Technology Guide for Endurance-Sport Noobs
So you’re bored with your 5k runs or four lengths of the local swimming pool, and you’re looking to get torn in to some serious fitness activity? Read on.
Whether you’re gearing up for a marathon, triathlon or something a little more severe, here’s a handful of technology-focused tips that might just help you.
So…where to start?
… More and more technology is being built with water-junkies in mind. So whether you’re into water-skiing or triathlons, you can keep apace with your land-pounding counterparts.
This year, we’ve started to see the first high-profile waterproof smartphones emerge from manufacturers, with the mighty Samsung unveiling its S4 ‘Active’ variant (check our hands-on), followed by the Sony Xperia Z. There’s also the Casio G’zOne Commando and Kyocera Torque. It’s worth noting here that these are geared towards snorkeling or swimming, as opposed to deep-sea diving.
CNET.com – August 26, 2013
NEC Terrain (AT&T) Review: Dated Android OS, but Tough as Nails
The good: NEC’s waterproof and rugged Terrain features 4G LTE, push-to-talk, and an easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard.
The bad: The Terrain is unattractively heavy, runs the dated Android 4.0 OS, and records poor video.
The bottom line: If you want a rugged AT&T handset, pick NEC’s sturdy Terrain, but those in search of a more stylish device should consider the pocket-friendly Samsung Rugby Pro.
… Measuring 5.02 inches tall and 2.54 inches wide, the Terrain has squarish corners up top, and its bottom half finishes out with smooth rounded corners. Funnily enough, its long rectangular frame reminds me of Palm Pilots of yesteryear. It’s body is encased with smooth matte rubber that–unlike the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE or the Kyocera Torque–makes it looks more professional and less industrial than the others. This rubber exterior lends to the handset’s physical resilience and it looks similar to a regular device covered in a phone case.
Phonescoop.com – August 27, 2013
Sprint to Slice 800 Customer Service Jobs
Sprint today confirmed that it plans to cut about 800 jobs from its customer service organization. The move, said Sprint, reflects improved levels of customer satisfaction and the fewer resulting calls to its customer service representatives. A Sprint spokesperson said the cuts reflect “organizational adjustments being made to meet the changing needs of our business.” Most of the cuts will come from Sprint locations in Texas. The company plans to maintain about 40,000 employees. Sprint recently closed its acquisition of Clearwire, while at the same time, SoftBank closed its equity acquisition of Sprint.
RCRWireless.com – August 27, 2013
Verizon Wireless Providing Template for LTE Spectrum Enhancements
The move to bolster LTE services has seen wireless carriers spend billions of dollars on new spectrum assets in support of ballooning consumer demand, resources that are rapidly being put into place. Most carriers entered the LTE market with a single band of spectrum, similar to past “generational” deployments, with carriers now beginning to look at adding more spectrum bands to the efforts.
Verizon Wireless is expected to lead the move, as the carrier is actively rolling out 1.7/2.1 GHz spectrum support for its current LTE network that is running across 700 MHz spectrum. The move is a template for a number of carriers that are looking to supplant their initial LTE deployments typically running on lower spectrum bands with capacity enhancements from spectrum running in higher bands.
FierceWireless.com – August 27, 2013
Analyst: Handset Upgrade Programs Could Juice Carriers’ Margins, for a Short Time
The device upgrade plans recently introduced by T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS), AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) could help spike the carriers’ margins, according to a new research report, but that margin boost may be eroded by intensifying competition.
According to a research note from New Street Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin, the installment plans “could provide a meaningful boost to carrier margins. Our survey suggests at least 10-15% of [subscribers] will take these plans, and it could be as much as 20% if the carriers decide to push them aggressively.”
GigaOm.com – August 27, 2013
Moto Maker Site Open to Direct Orders for AT&T Contract, No-Contract Phones
Unless you want an all white or an all black Moto X handset, there’s no need to visit an AT&T retail store. On Tuesday, Motorola announced an upgrade to its Moto Maker site, allowing customers to customize and order a phone online. The site will check your AT&T eligibility for upgrade pricing or you can order a no-contract Moto X at $579 or $629 depending on the storage choice.
I’ve already tested the process and it correctly verified my upgrade eligibility, just as Apple’s online iPhone store would. A free Motorola Skip accessory is also included for a limited time.
WirelessWeek.com – August 27, 2013
Sony Teases Sept. 4 Unveiling of New Xperia Smartphone
Sony today released a short ad hinting that a refresh for its Xperia smartphone is coming Sept. 4.
“The best of Sony is about to get even better” flashes across the screen after a device looking similar to the Xperia Z floats in space before splashing into water.
As The Verge points out, a tweet from the Sony Xperia account suggests the device will be called Xperia Z1.
Sony has also released images of the device that seem to confirm a G-Series lens will sit on the device while rumors put the camera’s sensor at somewhere around 21 megapixels. If true, that would mark a huge camera resolution jump from the Xperia Z, which sports a 13.1 megapixel rear-facing camera. It would also make it a formidable competitor for other camera-first phones like the Nokia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.
AllThingsD.com – August 26, 2013
Apple Preps iPhone Trade-In Program
So that iPhone trade-in program Apple was supposed to launch in June but didn’t? It’s finally in the offing.
Sources familiar with the initiative tell 9to5Mac and MacRumors that Apple has begun sharing with retail employees the details of a new program that will allow Apple Store customers to trade in their used iPhones for credit toward a new one. And AllThingsD has confirmed independently that this is indeed the case.