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Kyocera Hydro & Rise Android Handsets Unveiled

Kyocera has unveiled a pair of new Android phones at the CTIA show, the Hydro and Rise, both of which sport Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Hydro, as the name suggests, is perfectly at home with water, in fact it's fully water resistant certified to IPx5 and IPx7-level. In other words, it can cope with being rained on, or indeed dropped in the sink, bath, or, if you're particularly unfortunate, the toilet. In fact, the handset can handle being immersed in water up to a metre deep (that's some toilet) for 30 minutes.

Kyocera notes that some 82 million handsets have been destroyed by water (or moisture damage) in the US, according to a study by TNS Global Research, hence this first mass-market water resistant effort from the company.

Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera, commented: "Kyocera has been making water-resistant devices globally since 2008, ranging from handsets for children to full Mil Spec, ultra-ruggedized devices, and Hydro is our seventeenth so far."

"Wireless devices have become so crucial to our everyday lives; their durability must support our lifestyles. Kyocera Hydro combines a sleek, touchscreen design with water resistance to ensure it can withstand the spills and drops of everyday life."

The Kyocera Rise is a touchscreen phone, with a slide-out QWERTY keypad. Both phones come with a 3.5 inch capacitive IPS LCD display, with a resolution of 480 x 320. They're powered by 1GHz Snapdragon CPUs, with 2GB of ROM, and 512MB of RAM (expandable up to 32GB via microSD).

And both the Hydro and Rise also have a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, bluetooth and USB 2.0 support. The handsets further benefit from 3-axis accelerometers, digital compasses and proximity sensors.

The Rise and Hydro will be out over in the States in the second half of this year.