Kyocera shows tough Hydro and QWERTY-packing Rise ICS droids
Kyocera (who you might remember from the dual-screened Echo) has come up with a pair of tough Androids - the Hydro and the Rise. Both are CDMA phones and run Google's latest, Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Kyocera Hydro is a standard slab measuring 115 x 62 x 12.8 mm and weighing 120g. It has a 3.5" HVGA IPS LCD screen, a 1GHz processor (Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon chipset) with 512MB of RAM, a 3.2MP camera, a 1,500mAh battery and a 2GB microSD card in the box (plus 2GB of built-in storage).
The Hydro has IP57 protection rating, which means it can survive under a meter of water for up to 30 minutes and withstand water jets.
The Kyocera Rise has pretty much the same specs as the Hydro, though it's slightly thicker at 113.0 x 60.5 x 14.3 mm and 157g of weight. The difference here is that the Rise slides open to reveal a four-row QWERTY keyboard.
It doesn't have the water-resistant rating though.
There's no info on pricing yet or which carries will get the two tough droids, but we know they are expected to go on sale in the second half of this year.