Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday that it will begin selling the Kyocera Hydro ELITE Android smartphone beginning on Aug. 29.
The Hydro ELITE is equipped with a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720-pixel display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 16GB of expandable storage, 1.5GB of RAM, Qi wireless charging and a 2,100mAh battery. It’s not exactly a high-end smartphone, but its size will make it a great option for people tired of phablets, and it tosses in a degree of ruggedness that makes it a solid choice for outdoorsy people. Its body is built to withstand a depth of 3.28-feet of water for up to 30 minutes and a Kyocera “Smart Sonic Receiver” should make it easy to hear voices in loud environments.
The Kyocera Hydro ELITE will cost $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract.