Kyocera’s entry-level Hydro Wave lands on T-Mobile and MetroPCS priced at $149.99

Kyocera has just announced a new entry-level Android smartphone, the Hydro Wave. The smartphone will be available in the US over at T-Mobile and MetroPCS, T-Mobile’s prepaid subsidiary.

The handset comes with pretty basic hardware, such as 5-inch display running a resolution of 540 by 960 pixels at a PPI of 220, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset paired with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of integrated storage space, as well as 2300mAh battery. Other specs include a microSD card slot, a 5MP primary camera with LED flash, and a 2MP secondary sensor on the front. The Kyocera Hydro Wave also comes with support for LTE connectivity.

Kyocera's entry-level Hydro Wave lands on T-Mobile and MetroPCS priced at $149.99
As far as the build is concerned, the Hydro Wave doesn’t impress with its design curves, although it does integrate both protection against water/dust as well as moderate ruggedness, two features which are rarely available on entry-level handsets

On the software side, the Kyocera Hydro Wave comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, although the manufacturer has also included a proprietary software that can transform the look and feel of the user interface to match that of feature phones.

Judging on the spec sheet, the Kyocera Hydro Wave is a basic entry-level device. However, at a price of $149.99 sans contract, the handset could turn out to be a decent solution for customers on the lookout for a cheap Android smartphone that also integrates LTE support. The Hydro Wave is already available in T-Mobile stores starting today, and the phone will also be launched with MetroPCS on July 27.



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