Latest waterproof, dust-proof and drop-proof Kyocera smartphone
launches with Enhanced 4G LTE and can handle summer fun without a
Android 4.3, Jelly Bean
8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and video camera; 2-megapixel
Near Field Communication (NFC)-capable for easy file sharing with
other NFC-enabled devices
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor with 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
Wireless charging (PMA)
2,000mAh battery for longer use on a single charge, plus Kyocera’s
proprietary Eco-Mode and MaxiMZR power-management apps
8GB of on-board memory, expandable to 32GB with microSD™ card
SAN DIEGO & IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Summer fun usually involves a return to outdoor activities and cooling
off in the water. It can also mean danger to our ubiquitous smartphones,
which can take a hit from drops in the lake or beach, or skids across
the hot asphalt at the park. Boost Mobile is helping its customers live
more and fear less this summer with the launch of the new KyoceraHydro
Icon, a waterproof, dust-proof, drop-proof smartphone that supports
4G LTE and blazing-fast Enhanced 4G LTE and costs just $149.991
without an annual subscription contract.
Hydro Icon is IP57-rated for protection against dust intrusion and full
submersion in up to one meter (3.28 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes.
It's also Military Standard 810G rated, meeting military specifications
for protection from shock and drops, and has an impact-resistant,
vibrant 4.5-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display for increased
“Kyocera's Hydro and Hydro Edge waterproof smartphones have been huge
sellers for Boost Mobile, satisfying clear demand for an affordable
Android device that can survive life's accidents,” said Angela Rittgers,
vice president-Marketing for Sprint’s Prepaid brands. “Hydro Icon goes a
couple of steps further taking advantage of our 4G LTE and Enhanced LTE
network speeds with protection against damaged and cracked screens. Who
hasn’t experienced that ‘hold your breath moment’ of a dropped
According to a recent survey from comScore2, 68 percent
of people surveyed said ruggedness – including resistance to drops,
shock, vibration, dust, dirt, etc. – is an important consideration for
their next phone purchases. Seventy-three percent rated drop protection
or scratch-proof/shatter-proof screens as the most desirable durability
feature, while 62 percent said they expect waterproofing to be a
standard feature on their next phone.
“Kyocera has proven that everyday durability is a must-have for
consumers who now demand protection for their digital lifelines," said
Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales
and marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc. "Kyocera has delivered
millions of durable devices worldwide, improving upon style, features
and affordability with each new device. Short of a year ago, this
feature set – a sleek, waterproof 4G smartphone with NFC, wireless
charging and an 8MP camera – would have been unheard of at this low,
contract-free price point. Kyocera is delivering on its commitment of
durable affordability in an Android smartphone.”
The newest addition to Kyocera's successful Hydro
Series of waterproof Android smartphones, Hydro Icon is built with
affordable style and everyday durability in mind. In addition to its
protective characteristics, Hydro Icon also sports a thin bezel and
Kyocera's award-winning Smart
Sonic Receiver audio technology, allowing users to hear
conversations more clearly in noisy environments.
Kyocera Hydro Icon also includes the following features:
The device also has the added advantage of running on Sprint’s Enhanced
LTE network, which is currently available in 24 markets and expanding
nationally. Enhanced LTE service is designed to greatly improve the
performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications with
peak wireless download speeds of 60Mbps.
Boost Mobile’s new Monthly
Unlimited Select plans offer value-conscious consumers three
easy-to-understand plans that all include unlimited talk, text and data3.
Boost Mobile further simplifies the consumer shopping experience by
making the Monthly Unlimited Select plan available on all phones in its
device portfolio. Boost customers will no longer pay more to use a
smartphone vs. a basic phone; even the new Kyocera Hydro Icon is
available on the $40/month service plan with access to 4G LTE.
For more information about Kyocera Hydro Icon, please visit kyoceramobile.com/hydro-icon.
About Kyocera Communications Inc.
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 www.facebook.com/kyoceramobilephones
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (http://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 solar
power generating systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, electronic
components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial
components. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, the company’s
consolidated net sales totaled 1.45 trillion yen (approx. $14.1 billion
About Boost Mobile
Mobile, recently recognized by J.D. Power as “Highest Satisfaction
with the Purchase Experience among Non-Contract Wireless Providers4,"
redefines value for wireless consumers with no long-term contracts on
the Nationwide Sprint 4G LTE Network, reaching more than 225 million
people and with no long-distance fees.
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trademark of Kyocera Corporation. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.;
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Permissions. Snapdragon is a registered trademark of Qualcomm
Incorporated. microSD is a trademark of SD-3C, LLC in the United States
and other countries. All other marks are properties of their respective
1 Excludes sales tax.
2 comScore custom
Wireless Survey, May 2014
3 Includes high-speed monthly
data allotment applicable to monthly plan. Video streaming limited to 3G
4 Boost Mobile received the highest numerical
score among non-contract wireless providers in the proprietary J.D.
Power 2014 Non-Contract Wireless Purchase Experience StudySM-Vol.
1. Study based on responses from 4,468 consumers measuring 7
non-contract wireless providers and measures opinions of consumers who
purchased a wireless product or service within the last 6 months.
Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of
consumers surveyed July-December 2013. Your experiences may vary. Visit
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Source: Kyocera Communications Inc.