Kyocera kitted us out with toques, touch-sensitive gloves and giant black faux fur coats -- well, our Brad chose white -- and led us all into a bar made entirely of ice in to launch its new sets at CTIA 2013. Kyocera, playing off the tough-guy thing had the Hydro Xtrm and Edge laid out on slabs of ice in a pretty frosty environment for us to check out with our gloved digits. Both handsets will be priced more toward the lower end of the smartphone scale with the Hydro Edge being the lest expensive and lower specced of the two. Both devices are decent as far as material choices, though the Edge was perhaps our favorite even if the Xtrm beats it out in the display department somehow -- they have the same specs. There weren't any water tanks to test out both set's IPX5 / IPX7 specs so we'll simply have to take Kyocera's word for it.
The Edge and Xtrm build on the previously launched Hydro specs but with upgrades across the board. The Edge sports a dual-core 1Ghz CPU, tempered glass (instead of acrylic), 5-megapixel camera, 4-inch 233 ppi display and Android Jelly Bean. The Xtrm adds LTE to the connectivity list also touts a 5-megapixel shooter, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, the same display as the Edge, and Bluetooth 4. The Xtrm launches on US Cellular May 24th with the Edge joining the fun on Boost Mobile and Sprint during "Summer 2013." Check out the cool blued hued pics in the gallery below.
Gallery: Kyocera at CTIA 2013
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