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Key Features

  • Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Performance

  • Display

  • Camera

  • Battery

  • 16 GB + 32 GB Expandable
  • Available
  • Waterproof, IP57
  • No FM Radio

What makes Kyocera Hydro Elite unique?

  • The fastest CDMA phone with Dual-Core processor

Buy For

  • Waterproof body
  • Bone conducting speakers
  • Robust and solid build
  • Good connectivity and battery life

Beware Of

  • None

A waterproof phone that packs a punch

Kyocera has been known for making low priced performance phones and the Hydro Elite falls into that category. The 4.3 inch display is crisp and fits snugly into any users hands. The best feature about this phone is the ability to be underwater for over 30 mins and still function, so essentially it is a waterproof phone. Hence, the user doesn't have to worry about accidental spills and rains. Another unique feature is the Smart Sonic Receiver, which is essentially an absence of front speaker and sound is transmitted by small vibrations to the bone which results in better sound quality irrespective of surrounding noise.

The sleek design gives the feel of being a premium phone. The display is sufficiently vibrant and although colours and videos don't appear lifelike like an IPS display, it does a pretty good job, although the off axis viewing isn’t all that great. It comes with a host of features which gives the feel of a stock android with a bit of tweaks from Kyocera.

The camera is good and is capable of shooting 1080p videos without stuttering and the basic camera tweaks gives a user control over the quality of photos being shot. The multiple apps provided by google play will let you tweak your pictures with ease.


The Kyocera Hydro Elite, as its name lives well up to its reputation of being a waterproof phone. With a few interesting features, this could be a worthwhile buy for someone purchasing their first smartphone.

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Kyocera Hydro Elite Specifications


Brand Kyocera
Model Hydro Elite
Operating System Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
SIM Slot(s) Single SIM, GSM+CDMA
Network 3G: Available, 2G: Available


Size Compare
Dimensions 122.4 (H) x 60.4 (W) x 10.8 (T) mm
Weight 128 grams
Ruggedness Dust proof, Shock proof, Temperature proof


Screen Size
4.3 inches (10.92 cm)
Screen Resolution
HD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Pixel Density
342 ppi
Display Type
Touch Screen Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch


Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Dual core, 1.5 GHz
Adreno 225
1.5 GB


Internal Memory
16 GB
Expandable Memory
Up to 32 GB


Main Camera

8 MP Primary Camera
LED Flash
Image Resolution 3264 x 2448 Pixels
Shooting Modes
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera Features
Digital Zoom, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording
1920x1080 @ 30 fps

Front Camera

1.3 MP Front Camera


2100 mAh
Type Li-ion
Up to 13 Hours(2G)
Standby Time
Up to 236 Hours(2G)

Network & Connectivity

Network Support
3G, 2G
2G Bands:
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
CDMA 1900 / 2000 / 800 MHz

3G Speed:
HSPA , EV-DO 3.1 Mbit/s ↑



Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11, a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Features
Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
with A-GPS
USB Connectivity
microUSB 2.0


FM Radio
Audio Jack 3.5 mm

Special Features

Other Sensors Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass

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2 Expert Reviews for Kyocera Hydro Elite

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  • Kyocera Hydro Elite Review
    31 Aug 2013 | phonearena

    Over the years, we’ve seen various rugged and water resistant phones come out of Verizon Wireless. Recently we reviewed the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE and were quite impressed with its design, but now there’s a new player on the field, the Kyocera Hydro Elite, which comes in at $50 with a 2-year contract. Let’s take a closer look and see if the Hydro Elite has what it takes......

  • Kyocera Hydro Elite
    Steve Harvath
    27 Aug 2013 | digitaltrends

    Running via the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system, the Kyocera Hydro Elite is a rugged slab smartphone incorporating a 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen display with 720p HD native resolution, a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, and 1.5GB RAM. Additional device features include 16GB of internal storage, a microSD/SDHC media slot (up to 32GB expansion), an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, as wel...

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