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NewsPoster May 22, 2013 02:06 AM
Hands on: Kyocera Hydro Xtrm
Kyocera is one of several companies to bring new phones to CTIA's spring show in Las Vegas, introducing the <a href="http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/hydro-xtrm-phone/">Hydro Xtrm</a>. Like most of the company's other handsets the Xtrm is a budget device, however it offers a higher level of ruggedness compared to its predecessor. <em>Electronista</em> had a chance to handle the new phone at a special event following the first show day.<br /><br />The Xtrm appears to offer a solid build, without requiring the user to slide a physical lock on the battery cover to effectively keep out water-a limitation of the original Hydro. A rubberized finish on the backside provides a comfortable grip and a secure hold.<br />
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Specs are decidedly entry-level for an LTE-capable device, including a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a four-inch display with 800x480 resolution, and a 5.0-megapixel primary camera paired with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter. We found the Android 4.1 experience to be decent, without any hiccups when using the browser or flipping through the interface.<br />
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As with all budget phones, the big question for many potential buyers comes down to price. Luckily the Xtrm will be sold for $30 starting Thursday at US Cellular, with a new contract.
 
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