Kyocera has a new device for us, while Samsung could be bringing us new design elements. In other news, a Chinese factory explosion may bring phone delays!
A new Kyocera rugged smartphone has emerged, with the body and strength to carry you through your active lifestyle. The Kyocera Hydro Life is coming to T-Mobile with a $124.99 “with a qualifying service”. This will get you a 4.5-inich 960x540p display, 5MP/2MP cameras and a 2000 mAh battery.
With IP57 certification, it can survive for 30 minutes under a meter of water, and it is also drop and shock proof. It will be available first at Walmart on August 8th. MetroPCS customers won’t be left out, though, as the device will launch in the prepaid network on the 29th.
Opinion: You can’t get much better than this for $125, especially for a device that won’t break after the first drop.
New leaked images of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha display what looks like a metal groove. This wouldn’t be a big deal, but it turns out many are comparing it to the iPhone, which has carried this characteristic for multiple generations.
The images don’t display much else, but rumors say this device will come in 4.7 and 6.7-inch configurations. Other rumored specs include Android 4.4, 32 GB of internal storage, a fingerprint reader and a 12 MP camera.
Opinion: The fact that this is new to Samsung’s devices doesn’t have to mean they are copying Apple. After all, metal is becoming a very popular material to use in smartphones.
A Chinese factory has suffered an appalling accident – an explosion that has caused the death of 68 workers. 200 other workers have been injured. As a Foxconn contractor, the explosion of this factory could signify the delay of certain upcoming devices. 40 companies will be affected by this accident, among them is Apple, Xiaomi and Meizu.
Opinion: Of course, we won’t be upset by this delay. Sometimes news like this make us realize how insignificant hot gadgets can be. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this accident.