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Meet G’zOne TYPE-L; A Military Standard Ruggedized Android Smartphone from Casio

It’s no secret that Android is the most dominant operating system in the smartphone and one of the reasons is that so many manufacturers have designed and developed all kinds of smartphones – from low end budget smartphones to high performance quad core phones, from small 3.5 inch screen phones to large 5.5 inch phablets.  Well, if you love Android and would wish to have a phone that can take all forms of beatings and abuse, Casio may have released just the kind of phone you want.

The Casio G’zOne TYPE-L is a military-grade ruggedized phone that is incredibly durable but still has some very impressive specs including a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM and an 8 megapixels camera.  Casio is working on making the phone available in the market around February next year and will be available in red or black.  You would expect such a phone to be prohibitively expensive but Casio actually targets to introduce the phone in Japan in January for under $400 US equivalent.  They have not mentioned anything about rolling out the phone to other countries but such a gadget, being one of the few that are unique in the world, would certainly attract a fair market share.

The Casio G’zOne TYPE-L sports a 4 inch IPS display with a low resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and will have 8 GB onboard memory but with a microSD card slot that can support up to 32 GB extended memory.  It will also come with the standard mid-range smartphone features including WiFi, 3G and 4G, Bluetooth, GPS and a 1.3 megapixels front camera.  The phone is designed to be waterproof, dustproof and has a shock-resistant construction to protect it against drops even on hard surfaces.

Well, if you are the outdoors type, or if for some reason you have developed a habit of dropping your phones to their death and need a shockproof gadget, this may be just what you are after.  Casio is teaming up with NEC to bring this great phone, we just have to wait and see if it will be made available in the US and the international market because it looks like a phone I would carry to an adventure or rock climbing.

Core Specs

Processor: Dual-core1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB onboard memory with microSD card slot (up to 32 GB more storage)

Display: 4 inch 800 x 480 IPS Screen

Cameras: 8 megapixel camera rear, 1.3 megapixel front

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, WiFi, 3G, 4G LTE

Battery: 1,800 mAh