Rugged smartphones are getting attention these days. We are seeing more and more water and dust resistant phone, and these kinds of phones are desirable by the buyers. When there is demand, there is supply, and this time it is Kyocera which has come with a new rugged handset called Kyocera Torque.
The device was spotted at FCC just two weeks ago and folks at Sprint have officially confirmed that this device will be made available soon. The device is rugged and some of things that the device is able to withstand according to the press release includes:
• Waterproof whether sprayed or immersed in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes, Torque can handle all the rain, sprinklers, hoses, spit, drool, drinks, sinks or toilet water life can throw at it – that’s more than can be said of more than 82 million U.S. handsets that have already been destroyed by liquid.1
• Extreme Temperatures of -22° to 140°F (-30° to 60°C) for a non-operating unit for two hours and -4° to 122°F (-20° to 50°C) for an operating unit for three hours – from backcountry snowboard trips to hikes in Death Valley, don’t sweat it.
• Dropped 26 times from four feet high – or, the average week with kids at the playground.
• Heavy dust for six hours – going off the grid while off-roading and camping will never be harder.
• Horizontal, vertical and sideways vibrations for one hour – that mountain bike ride or roller coaster will be no match for Torque.
• Exposure to salt fog for a complete 48 hour cycle; this cycle included 24 hours exposure to salt fog followed by 24 hours drying time – ideal for surfers, beach lovers or those who left their hearts and phones in San Francisco.
• 95 percent humidity for 10 days straight – the phone can handle it, but its owners may not.
• Solar radiation exposure of 1120 W/m2 for 24 hours – you might need sunscreen, but your phone doesn’t mind soaking up some rays.
• Low pressure at 57.11 kPa/15,000 feet (4,572 meters) for two hours – higher than the tallest mountain peak in the lower 48 U.S. states.
The rugged features are pretty good. The device does seem a bit bulky, but definitely not ugly. The bulky size is a decent tradeoff for the durability that the device is offering. The Torque looks better than the average rugged smartphone out there. As far as the specs goes, the device is equipped with 4 inch WVGA display, Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, a 5 megapixel rear camera with a 1.3 megapixel front camera, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and more. It is also equipped with something called “Smart Sonic Receiver Technology” which technically eliminates the need for traditional speaker and sends sound waves directly to user’s ear drums via vibrations, which should come handy in noisy real life situations.
There are no details on pricing or availability, but the device should be made available sometime in February. What are your thoughts on Kyocera Torque? Let us know.