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Boost Mobile picks up Kyocera Hydro Icon, a Xerox copy of the Hydro Vibe

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kyocera-hydro-iconSprint’s confidence in cost-conscious rugged devices manufactured by Kyocera is about to hit a new high, as the Hydro Vibe, which the Now Network started selling back in May in conjunction with MVNO Virgin Mobile, is apparently headed for Boost too.

Boost Mobile is another Sprint subsidiary targeting users looking for the commodity of prepaid plans, and just like Virgin, they’ll be charging $150 for the no-contract water-protected 4.5-inch smartphone. And yes, Boost is calling it the Hydro Icon, but underneath it all, you get the same hardware, same software, tucked inside the same robust chassis.

Shielded against dust, water immersions up to 1 meter and 30 minutes, low pressure, extreme temperatures, solar radiation, humidity and various shocks, the Icon, or Vibe, is not your run-of-the-mill entry-level Android on steroids.

It’s not overly muscular or bulky, tipping the scales at 139 grams and measuring 10.9 mm thick, and it packs quad-core oomph, thanks to a Snapdragon 400 chip. Multitasking is a breeze with 1 GB RAM on board, and the 8 MP LED Flash-equipped rear-facing camera used to be the high-end standard for mobile a year or two back.

You get decent juice as well, courtesy of a spacious 2,000 mAh battery, and advanced 4G LTE connectivity, so all in all, the 4.5-inch 960 x 540 pix res display is the only major flaw of this top-tier outdoorsy package. A prime Motorola Moto G rival nevertheless? You bet.

Remember, the Hydro Vibe can be had via Sprint at $29.99 with two-year pacts, from Virgin at $149.99 contract-free, while the Hydro Icon (same phone) goes on sale through Boost June 17, at 150 clams.

A Kyocera spokesperson responded to this article and pointed out that the Hydro Icon is not just a rebranded Hydro Vibe.

“They are very similar phones, but one key difference is Hydro Icon is also MilSpec 810G rated for shock and drops, a feature Hydro Vibe does not have. Given that protection, Hydro Icon falls into what Kyocera calls the “Everyday Durable” category for additional protection from life’s accidents.”

Via [Phone Scoop]

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