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07/22/15

Kyocera Surfs Into T-Mobile And MetroPCS With New Waterproof, Drop-Proof Hydro Wave Android Smartphone

Affordable Hydro WAVE Offers Large 5-Inch Display in a Waterproof, Drop-Proof, Impact-Resistant Design

SAN DIEGO - July 22, 2015 - Kyocera Communications, Inc. today unveiled its newest waterproof 4G LTE Android smartphone-the Kyocera Hydro WAVE. The latest in Kyocera's portfolio of durable, waterproof devices, the Hydro WAVE sports a large 5-inch display and a drop-proof, impact-resistant design. Suggested retail price is $149.99 before rebates or promotions. The phone goes on sale at participating T-Mobile locations on July 22, then launches at MetroPCS stores nationwide on July 27. Wireless providers will confirm their pricing and any additional availability details.

"The Hydro WAVE not only offers the display size and features of more expensive devices, but also gives users the peace of mind that comes with such a durable phone," said Chuck Becher, vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications. "Water damage and dropped phones regularly top the list of causes of smartphone failures. Hydro WAVE protects against those, while providing a worry-free experience for users."

Its waterproof design protects the Hydro WAVE against everyday hazards, like drops in a puddle or the toilet. With its IPX5 and IPX7 certifications, it will survive an unexpected shower or water immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 3.28 feet (1 meter) of water. The phone's touchscreen can even be operated when wet. Hydro WAVE also carries Military Standard 810G certification for shock and drops, and an IP5X dustproof rating. Hydro WAVE's high-speed 4G LTE network technology is complemented by Wi-Fi calling for even more reliable and flexible connectivity.

The Hydro WAVE features the Android 5.1 "Lollipop" operating system and marks the debut of Kyocera's "Core Home," an optional, simplified user interface for those who prefer the familiarity of a feature phone. It comes ready with Google Mobile services including Google Play, Google Hangout, Gmail, and more. The phone also is equipped with a 5MP camera capable of 720p HD video capture at 30fps, a 3-axis accelerometer, Stereo Bluetooth (4.0 + LE/EDR) wireless technology support, as well as voice recognition and hearing-aid compatibility. It includes a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 1.2GHz Quad-Core CPU, along with 8GB ROM/1GB RAM and a microSD™ memory card slot for up to 32GB of additional memory. Hydro WAVE has a long-lasting 2300mAh Lithium ion (Li-ion) non-removable battery and includes Kyocera's Eco Mode and MaxiMZR applications for enhanced power management.

For more information about the Kyocera Hydro WAVE, visit www.kyoceramobile.com/hydro-wave or see it at a T-Mobile or MetroPCS retail store.

About Kyocera Communications, Inc.
Kyocera Communications Inc. is the headquarters for Kyocera wireless devices in the Americas. Designed with durability, dependability, and long-term value as priorities, Kyocera mobile phones help people feel comfortable with new technology and use it to connect, perform and outsmart life's challenges. At the heart of Kyocera's products is a belief that one size doesn't fit all and that people should do more with phones instead of being confused by them or having to alter their lifestyles to accommodate them. For more information, follow the company at facebook.com/KyoceraMobile or twitter.com/kyoceramobile.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (global.kyocera.com), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of mobile phones, solar power generating systems, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2015, the company's net sales totaled 1.53 trillion yen (approx. USD12.7 billion). Kyocera appears on the latest listing of the "Top 100 Global Innovators" by Thomson Reuters, and is ranked #531 on Forbes magazine's 2014 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.

©2015 Kyocera. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.; use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions. Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. microSD is a trademark of SD-3C, LLC in the United States and other countries. Bluetooth mark is owned by the Bluetooth SIG Inc. and any use of such mark is under license. All other marks are properties of their respective owners.

For more information, contact:

Kyocera Communications, Inc.
John Chier
phone: 858.882.3543
e-mail: john.chier@kyocera.com

Echo Media Group for Kyocera
Sabrina Suarez
phone: 714.573.0899 x227
e-mail: kyocera@echomediapr.com