Kyocera was showing off the Torque at Mobile World Congress. This ultra-rugged Android smartphone claims to have it all.
Sprint today announced that the Kyocera Torque will be available online and in Sprint stores beginning March 8. The device will cost $99.99 with a new two-year contract. The Torque is a rugged Android smartphone.
Sprint and Kyocera today announced the Torque, a new ruggedized Android smartphone that includes DirectConnect and LTE 4G. The Torque is rated at mil-spec 810G for protection from dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, humidity, blowing rain, low pressure, salt fog, and extreme temperatures. It can also sit in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Other stand-out features include Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver audio technology, which transmits sounds via vibrations through things such as helmets or ear protection, for improved voice clarity when it might otherwise be impossible to hear. The Torque includes battery management software from Kyocera called Eco Mode and MaxiMZR, both of which help reduce the amount of energy needed by blocking background data connections. The Torque ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and includes a 4-inch WVGA LCD dispaly. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM. It has 4GB of built-in storage and also supports microSD cards up to 32GB. It has a 5-megapixel main camera and a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera. It includes NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS. It will be available beginning in March.