Kyocera Hydro Icon

Interested in a waterproof smartphone, but don't want to splurge on the Galaxy S5? Kyocera's Hydro Icon may just be the device you're looking for. Announced for Boost Mobile, the Hydro Icon will be available from June 17th for $149.99 off-contract.

The Icon slots in alongside the Hydro Vibe that was announced earlier this year for Sprint and Virgin Mobile. Here's a look at the key specs of the device:

  • 4.5-inch qHD capacitive, impact-resistant touchscreen display
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core CPU
  • Compatibility with Power Matters Alliance (PMA) wireless chargers
  • 8 GB of internal memory, expandable to 32GB with microSD
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and video camera; 2-megapixel front camera
  • IP57 certified: dustproof, up to 1m of submersion in water for up to 30 minutes
  • 3G/4G LTE/Enhanced LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC and micro-USB 2.0 connectivity
  • 2,000 mAh battery bundled with Eco-Mode and MaxiMZR power-management utilities
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

In addition to the water and dustproof abilities, the Hydro Icon features a Military Standard 810G design that allows it to absorb shocks and the occasional tumble. For $149, the smartphone has a loaded feature-set, considering it comes with LTE connectivity and wireless charging, which are usually not found in devices in this category. There isn't a landing page on Boost Mobile for the Hydro Icon yet, but one should be live by the time the device launches on June 17th.

What do you think of the Hydro Icon? Do you think it is a viable competitor to the likes of the Moto G?

There are 18 comments

A895 says:

Its funny how prepaid phones on Boost Mobile are better than my RAZR M nowadays.

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Would it cost them anything to put kit Kat on the phone?

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tmiller679 says:

This would be a good buy for my brother. He breaks every phone he's had.

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JexterTuazon says:

Or you could just go for Xperia Z2. A much better waterproof phone than Galaxy S5

grydlok says:

Or you can read the article and see this phone is on Boost mobile.

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jakeuten says:


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Trollcachu says:

Sure, Z2 with glass everywhere is the most break-proof phone lol.

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droidhead_1 says:

It's close

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droidhead_1 says:

Google Z2 drop test, best I've seen. A few dead pixels but the glass didn't Crack at all..

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yankeesusa says:

Ok. Let me get a $750 phone instead of $150.

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Nick Cooper1 says:

Give me kit Kat and you can take my money I like the expandable memory and the fact it's waterproof

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angryGTS says:

I know its a value phone but even they should have at minimum a 720p screen nowadays, at least for the most part they are getting past an atrocious 800 x 480 resolution.

wes228 says:

They make crappy phones.....

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thatguy97 says:

Micro SD and no KitKat sounds like a match made in heaven to me

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ltjordan24 says:

Is Androidcentral going to do a full review of this device, or maybe compare it to the Moto G?

dizzle16 says:

LG Volt is a better buy imo

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I'd like tho learn more about this phone. Anyone with information please let it be known. Thank You

My only issue with this phone is ive had it one day droped it once and my screen is fucked but kyocera has offered to fix it for free so thats a plus.