One of the key features for 2016 phones is coming to a mobile under $300, as Alcatel unveils a budget device ready to take on the water.

It’s pretty clear to most of us that phones need to survive the day-to-day, but for some of us, that “day-to-day” means contact with water, be it rain, the beach, or just someone spilling beer or wine on your phone.

Unsurprisingly, most phones aren’t too thrilled with the prospect of being immersed in liquid, and you have to spend pretty big in order to get a device with resistance to the elements, or even find a case that can protect your phone while also looking a little unsightly.

All of these things cost money, of course, and new flagship phones with water resistance tend not to come cheap.


Fortunately, Alcatel is emerging from the depths — the water-filled depths, no less — with a water-resistant phone of its own for under $300.

Specifically, it’s one dollar under $300, with a recommended retail price of $299.