Japanese manufacturer Kyocera has been making waves at the CTIA Wireless event this week, but not necessarily as a result of its two new Android handsets (the Hydro and Rise).
Nope, the big talking point is something called tissue conduction technology, which is intended to yield better call quality. It sounds... bizarre.
We’ll take a quick look at the phones first of all. Kyocera Hydro and Rise specs are much the same, including 3.5in displays, 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processors, 512MB of RAM, Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and 3.2MP rear cameras.
The Kyocera Hydro - as the name perhaps suggests – has passed its waterproof exams, earning IPX5 and IPX7 certification.
The Kyocera Rise, on the other hand, is a tad chunkier, and that’s because it houses a slide-out four-row landscape QWERTY keyboard - somewhat of a rarity in the world of Android these days.
But that’s largely irrelevant to us here in the UK, as the Kyocera Hydro and Rise are expected to remain Stateside for now. Bah.
As for the weird technology stuff, again: it’s called tissue conduction. That means when you answer a call, rather than hearing the caller’s voice via a traditional earpiece, the display vibrates to create sound waves.
Sounds pretty weird, huh? But Engadget was quite impressed during its brief hands-on, suggesting it'd like to see the technology hit the mainstream. Interesting.