Phone maker Kyocera announced the launch of its new budget smartphone, called Hydro Shore. It is a waterproof device with IP57 certification, means that it can withstand immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 3.28 feet (1 meter) of water. Kyocera says that the new Hydro Shore can survive contact with water. Regardless, you can still use the touchscreen as intended in the event the smartphone does get wet, though Kyocera recommends you dry the phone “as quickly as possible.”
The screen is also designed to provide you to operate the touchscreen while wet, the $79.99 handset is available at Walmart, on AT&T’s prepaid GoPhone network.
Finally, and most unfortunately, the Hydro Shore runs the aging Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, along with no mention of an upgrade to Nougat or even Marshmallow.
Aside from its waterproofing features, the Hydro Shore comes out of running Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, and packs a 5-inch 960 x 540 display. There’s also a 5 megapixel rear camera on board, along with a 2 megapixel front-facing shooter, 8 gigabyte of storage and a microSD card slot supports up to an additional 64 gigabyte. The whole thing is powered by a 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 processor and a 2160mAh battery. Measuring 139 x 72.1 x 9.9mm and weighing in at 141g.
Overall, the Hydro Shore does not set out to stun the world, but instead provide itself as an affordable option for those not wanting to worry about getting their phones wet.