The latest smartphone part of Kyocera's portfolio of durable and waterproof smartphones is the Hydro WAVE, which is launching on both T-Mobile and MetroPCS. Sporting a 5-inch display, the durable, yet affordable piece of kit not only provides peace of mind while in use, but it also won't break the bank.

The Hydro WAVE is IPX5 and IPX7 certified, and can survive an unexpected shower or be submerged in water for 30 minutes. There's also IP5X dustproof and Military Standard 810G certification. For actual specifications, purchasers will be able to take advantage of LTE and Wi-Fi calling. Android 5.1 will be pre-loaded, powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2,300mAh battery.

Starting today T-Mobile customers can pick up the new mobile phone for $149.99, while MetroPCS stores will commence sales on July 27.

Purchase Kyocera Hydro WAVE from T-Mobile ($189.99, pre-paid)

Purchase Kyocera Hydro WAVE from T-Mobile ($149.99, 24-month contract $6.25/mo)

Affordable Hydro WAVE Offers Large 5-Inch Display in a Waterproof, Drop-Proof, Impact-Resistant Design

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kyocera Communications Inc. today unveiled its newest waterproof 4G LTE Android smartphone – the Kyocera Hydro WAVE. The latest in Kyocera's portfolio of durable, waterproof devices, the Hydro WAVE sports a large 5-inch display and a drop-proof, impact-resistant design. Suggested retail price is $149.99 before rebates or promotions. The phone goes on sale at participating T-Mobile locations on July 22, then launches at MetroPCS stores nationwide on July 27. Wireless providers will confirm their pricing and any additional availability details.

"Water damage and dropped phones regularly top the list of causes of smartphone failures. Hydro WAVE protects against those, while providing a worry-free experience for users."

"The Hydro WAVE not only offers the display size and features of more expensive devices, but also gives users the peace of mind that comes with such a durable phone," said Chuck Becher, vice president and general manager of sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications. "Water damage and dropped phones regularly top the list of causes of smartphone failures. Hydro WAVE protects against those, while providing a worry-free experience for users."

Its waterproof design protects the Hydro WAVE against everyday hazards, like drops in a puddle or the toilet. With its IPX5 and IPX7 certifications, it will survive an unexpected shower or water immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 3.28 feet (1 meter) of water. The phone's touchscreen can even be operated when wet. Hydro WAVE also carries Military Standard 810G certification for shock and drops, and an IP5X dustproof rating. Hydro WAVE's high-speed 4G LTE network technology is complemented by Wi-Fi calling for even more reliable and flexible connectivity.

The Hydro WAVE features the Android 5.1 "Lollipop" operating system and marks the debut of Kyocera's "Core Home," an optional, simplified user interface for those who prefer the familiarity of a feature phone. It comes ready with Google Mobile services including Google Play, Google Hangout, Gmail, and more. The phone also is equipped with a 5MP camera capable of 720p HD video capture at 30fps, a 3-axis accelerometer, Stereo Bluetooth (4.0 + LE/EDR) wireless technology support, as well as voice recognition and hearing-aid compatibility. It includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 1.2GHz Quad-Core CPU, along with 8GB ROM/1GB RAM and a microSD™ memory card slot for up to 32GB of additional memory. Hydro WAVE has a long-lasting 2300mAh Lithium ion (Li-ion) non-removable battery and includes Kyocera's Eco Mode and MaxiMZR applications for enhanced power management.

For more information about the Kyocera Hydro WAVE, visit www.kyoceramobile.com/hydro-wave or see it at a T-Mobile or MetroPCS retail store.