New York — New smartphones hitting the shelves include a midtier big-screen Android phone from LG and Kyocera’s latest waterproof Hydro smartphone.
LG’s new G-series Vista, available now for Verizon and on Aug. 22 for AT&T, features a large 5.7-inch HD (1,280 by 720), screen compared with the G Flex’s 6-inch curved display and the G3’s 5.5-inch display. The latter two phones are high-tier phones.
The Vista’s other features include Android 4.4.2, LTE, rear power and volume keys on back as with the G Flex and G3, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 258 ppi display, 3,200 mAh battery, 8GB of internal storage, 64GB MicroSD slot, 8-megapixel main camera with 1080p video capture, 1.3-megapixel front camera, ability to display two apps simultaneously in dual windows, and QSlide 2.0 to run multiple apps at once and resize and move the apps’ windows.
Verizon’s price is $100 with two-year contract, $400 without contract, or $20/month without contract on the EDGE installment program. Verizon’s model offers XLTE, or dual-band LTE.
AT&T’s version goes on sale August 22 for $50 with two-year contract, $355 without contract, $14.80/month without contract on the Next 18 trade-up program, or $17.75/ month on the Next 12 program.
For its part, Kyocera launched the Kyocera Hydro Life on the T-Mobile network through Walmart stores at $124 without contract. The phone is the latest in the Hydro Series of waterproof, shock-proof, drop-proof Android smartphones. It’s also Kyocera's first mobile device to be available through T-Mobile's consumer channel following the Hydro Xtrm's arrival last November through the T-Mobile business channel.
The phone lacks LTE but packs HSPA+21Mbps wireless data. It comes with Android 4.3 OS, 4.5-inch IPS qHD display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage, 32GB MicroSD slot, 2,000mAh battery, 1080p video capture, and IP57 certification to withstand dust and to enable water immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 1 meter of water. It also features Military Standard 810G shock resistance and Smart Sonic receiver, which delivers clearer conversations in noisy environments.