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Kyocera Hydro Elite image leaks ahead of Verizon announcement

Verizon is expected to announce a Kyocera handset relatively soon. We saw an image of the handset leak late last month and at the time it looked like the device would be arriving as the Kyocera Elite. As of today however, coming by way of another image leak, it looks like the handset will be launching as the Kyocera Hydro Elite. While this does not mean the handset will magically be sporting high-end specs, it may be of interest for those looking for something rugged.

LG launches the waterproof Optimus GJ smartphone

Today, LG has officially unveiled one of their truly first fully waterproof and dustproof smartphones, the LG Optimus GJ. All the details regarding this new handset were revealed in Taiwan, although we don't expect it to be headed to the states anytime soon. Just like Samsung's GALAXY S 4 Active, LG's flagship device (from last year) now has one too.

Kyocera Hydro XTRM and EDGE hands-on

Kyocera has been showing a pair of smartphones during CTIA, both of which will be coming available for those in the US market. These are both rugged devices and will be arriving as the Hydro XTRM and the Hydro EDGE. We spent some time with each of these handsets during the show and even managed to get them in some water. Of course, we also played with the Kyocera Torque not that long ago and did the same.

Kyocera Hydro XTRM set for a May 24th arrival with US Cellular

Kyocera has announced their latest rugged smartphone. This time around the handset is called the Hydro XTRM and it will be heading to US Cellular later this week. Specifically, US Cellular will have the Hydro XTRM available beginning on May 24th. The price should be affordable for most, however the key here is with the handset itself -- the rugged features and overall design.

GALAXY S 4 Active video leak highlights camera and processor details

Samung's GALAXY S 4 Active is expected to arrive as a ruggedized version of the regular GALAXY S 4 and while we are still waiting on an official announcement, the handset has surfaced once again. Yesterday we saw some of the first images of the handset and today it looks like the device has returned in video. The video is on the shorter side, however it does provide an additional look. Not to mention, a few extra details on the specs.

Kyocera Torque smartphone review

Kyocera recently announced the Torque smartphone. The announcement actually came towards the end of February and key to that, the Torque has arrived as a full touchscreen smartphone that is built to Military Standard 810G. While these rugged devices tend to not have us quite as excited as some of the other non-rugged smartphones these days, we have to say that we were pleasantly surprised. Basically, the Kyocera Torque is a rugged smartphone that seems to be able to handle the regular everyday use that we demand from a smartphone almost as well as it can handle the elements.

Runbo X3 Android smartphone can take a licking

Your average Android smartphone isn't cut out for a life of hard knocks. If you drop a normal Android device on the concrete from a few feet in the air, odds are you'll be replacing your phone in short order. If you should happen to get your device wet, chances are you'll also be looking for a new smartphone.

CAT B15 rugged smartphone hands-on: Built to last

During the show here in Spain for Mobile World Congress an interesting device from the rugged construction company Caterpillar was announced. It isn't their first Android smartphone, but the new CAT B15 could be a good alternative for those out in the field. This is one of those rugged smartphones that actually might be worth taking a look at thanks to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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