The CDMA-enabled Kyocera Hydro has just been spotted at FCC (Federal Communication Commission), which points to an imminent launch in North America.
Given the long time partnership between Sprint and Kyocera, it’s almost certain that the Hydro C5170 will be exclusively available in the US through the former’s retail channels.
According to the documents filed at FCC
, the Kyocera C5170 has been approved with support for CDMA 1900 MHz, as well as Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth.
Although Kyocera officially confirmed plans to bring top tier handsets in North America, the Hydro is a fail in this regard.
Even though it will be shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box, and comes with a waterproof body, Kyocera Hydro
does not stand out when it comes to hardware configuration.
The smartphone has been confirmed to be equipped with a single-core Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon processor clocked at 1 GHz, which is complemented by an Adreno 205 GPU and only 512MB of RAM.
Kyocera Hydro (C5170) packs 2GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. According to the manufacturer, the handset will be shipped with a free 2GB memory card in the sales package, but this has yet to be confirmed by the carrier.
It is also worth mentioning that the phone sports a 3.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display supporting 320 x 480 pixels resolution.
On the back, the Hydro comes with a mediocre 3-megapixel photo snapper, which features autofocus and video recording. Sadly, the smartphone does no come with a secondary camera for video calls.
When it comes to connectivity, Kyocera Hydro is an all-rounder. The phone offers various connectivity options, including Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspot, microUSB, as well as Bluetooth. FCC documents
also mention a 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery, which has yet to be rated by the manufacturer.