Cricket Communications and Kyocera Communications Inc., two locally based wireless services and product providers, recently announced the launch of the waterproof Android 4.0 Kyocera Hydro smartphone.

The phone features IPx5- and IPx7-level protection against water, affording the phone waterproof protection from sprayed water and immersion in water up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes.

“Research shows that 70 percent of consumers consider water resistance an important feature in their mobile devices, and that many have experienced a liquid-related accident firsthand,” Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications, said in a statement. “Device durability is particularly critical for value-conscious customers and Hydro helps to ensure that everyday drops and spills don’t turn into mobile disasters.”

Other features of the phone include a 3.5 inch LCD touchscreen, 1 gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 3.2 megapixel camera with an LED flash.

The Kyocera Hydro is available at select Cricket company-owned stores beginning Jan. 25 and is priced at $139.99.

— SDBJ Staff Report