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Kyocera’s rugged handheld lineup grows with Hydro Life

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Kyocera Hydro LifeUntil recently, bulky extra-durable gadgets that provide protection against water, dust and drops used to be viewed as abnormalities of the mobile market. Now Kyocera seems to be rolling out a new rugged device literally every week.

Hot on the heels of Kyocera Brigadier’s Verizon intro comes the unveil of a lower-end tough guy, called Hydro Life and headed for T-Mobile and MetroPCS before the end of the month. Specifically, T-Mo shall receive it on August 8, via Wal-Mart stores, and Metro is to follow suit on the 29th.

The Hydro Life is, as expected, no match for the pretty impressive Brigadier, snubbing the innovative sapphire “shield” and settling for overall lackluster hardware. The 4.5-inch IPS screen boasts modest 960 x 540 pixels resolution, the cameras are fairly humble themselves, rocking 5 and 2 MP sensors, and the 2,000 mAh battery, well, that’s actually kind of cool.

And so is the onboard 1.5 GB RAM, although paired with a quad-core Snapdragon 200 chip, it’s not particularly zippy. Priced at a measly $125 outright, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean-running handheld clearly wishes to impress with its outdoors-friendly exterior foremost, being the perfect cure for “fragiphoniphobia.”

No, that’s not a real word, but Kyocera isn’t allowing linguistics to get in the way of good marketing. Hence, the Hydro Life is dubbed the ideal slab for folks afraid of fragile phones, meeting military standards for protection against drops and shock and handling the “everyday unexpected,” with IP57 certification for accidental water immersions.

Via [Business Wire]

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