Cricket picks up Kyocera Hydro View, AT&T finally launches Kyocera DuraForce XD


As unusually muscular and robust as rugged handhelds might look at a first glance, rarely do they stick with most mobile consumers for more than a few days after their formal announcements, catering to a very finite number of people that want specific devices to handle specific needs.

The AT&T-exclusive Kyocera DuraForce XD was probably no exception to the 15 minutes of fame rule, escaping all your minds shortly after its mid-October introduction. But for some reason, the unbreakable phablet will only go on sale this Friday, January 8, getting a second release at CES in Vegas, with a price tag finally attached to its name.

If you opt for a lengthy two-year contract, you can score the 4G LTE-ready, IP68 and MIL-STD-810G-certified 5.7-incher at a measly $50. Alternatively, you can pay $15 a month on Next 24 agreements, which means outright, the DuraForce XD costs $450.

A little steep for a decidedly nichey product? Perhaps, but you’re covered against everything from long, deep water immersion to drops, shocks, solar radiation, extreme temperatures and low pressure, plus you get a few mainstream high-end goodies like quad-core processing power and 3,700 mAh battery juice.

Kyocera Hydro View

Besides, if you want to save a buck, there’s always the Kyocera Hydro View alternative at Cricket, with slightly inferior IP57 water and dust rating, no protection to hard impacts, but of course, a slimmer profile, LTE connectivity, respectable 5-inch screen, and pre-installed Android 5.1 Lollipop software.

The launch date is also January 8, and the prepaid, no-contract price $80. Lastly, if you don’t really need “smart” features beyond a 5MP camera, GPS support, and basic web access, AT&T will also sell the “dumb” Kyocera DuraXE starting Friday, at $50 on-contract or $270 outright, with the same extreme ruggedized aspect as the Android-powered DuraForce XD.


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Adrian Diaconescu
Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).