Smartphone manufacturers are constantly innovating to meet users’ demands and redefine buyers’ latest purchasing criteria. But as smartphones become sleeker in design, more durable and full-featured, their price tags almost always reflect these advances. At Kyocera, we develop mobile devices with the adventurous user in mind but also with the understanding that all smartphone users deserve a core set of features and functionality comparable to the industry’s newest anything-proof devices, and at a price point that makes them accessible to the masses and affordable for businesses. Enter the Kyocera Hydro VIEW.
The Hydro VIEW is one of today’s most cost-effective, waterproof smartphones, and it is now available for $29.99 (for a limited time, with activation) from Cricket Wireless, with activation. Featuring an inherent durable design and rubberized back panel texture, the Hydro VIEW was built to fit securely in the hands of on-the-go users. And with certification for IP57, it offers the most stringent protection against dust and water immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 3.28 feet (1 meter) of water, providing peace of mind in the event that the device meets an unexpected sink, splash or (God forbid) toilet. The Hydro VIEW also features a 2160 mAh battery with Eco Mode technology, helping extend the already-strong battery performance even further by allowing users to automatically control non-critical phone functions.
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, the Hydro VIEW clocks speeds at 1.1 GHz. This snappy CPU, coupled with the Android Lollipop 5.1 operating system, powers a highly responsive user experience with quick navigation and access to apps, and low-latency support for multimedia. The Hydro VIEW also offers a large, vibrant 5-inch qHD (540 x 960 pixel) display with Wet Touch Operation, making it the ideal device for outdoorsmen, athletes, and adventurists who brave rough and wet terrain, as well as workers who operate in inclement weather and on dirty jobsites. The Hydro VIEW is also the perfect device for busy moms whose smartphones must withstand the bumps, drops, and sticky fingers of their children – whose carefree ways can be the greatest danger to smartphone longevity for multi-tasking parents.
While competitively priced, the Hydro VIEW is as feature-rich and with specs comparable to some of its notable, more expensive peers. The Hydro VIEW comes with a 5 MP camera with flash and HD video, and a 2 MP front-facing camera that is ideal for “selfies” and video calls. It also features 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory as well a microSD™ memory card slot that supports up to 64 GB of additional storage. The Hydro VIEW also supports Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot, with the ability to share its data connection with up to 10 compatible wireless devices.
As the expectations for smartphone durability continue to grow across consumers and business users, Kyocera is committed to responding with mobile solutions that are not only compelling, but also affordable. The Hydro VIEW is just the latest example of how Kyocera is meeting market demand with a full-featured, cost-effective smartphone. And the similarly affordable no-annual-contract service plans from Cricket Wireless extend the value of one of the most durable prepaid smartphones available. For more information on Kyocera’s Rugged Lineup follow us on Twitter @kyoceramobile.
John is director of corporate communications at Kyocera. He has worked on the Kyocera team shaping its communications strategy over the past 15 years – 13 of those years in-house and two with a Kyocera agency partner. John has always had a passion for writing and began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Whittier Daily News, part of a multi-paper syndicate in Los Angeles. When not working, he and his wife can usually be found coaching, shuttling, refereeing or cheering for his three sons and their numerous plays, concerts and sports teams.