Kyocera Brings a Rugged Flip Phone to FirstNet
AT&T has launched the Kyocera DuraXE Epic, an update to the DuraXE rugged flip phone first introduced in early 2016. The most important addition is support for LTE band 14 and FirstNet, the LTE network operated by AT&T that gives priority to first responders. The DuraXE Epic includes a number of other features aimed at such markets, such as AT&T's Enhanced PTT with LMR network integration, and a headset jack with cam-lock that supports PTT controls. The DuraXE also has charging contacts for use with a charging dock or car kit, and enterprise Device Control. Compared to the original DuraXE, the Epic has a larger (1,770 mAh) removable battery, slightly better processor, and double the memory & storage. The new model also has a USB-C connector. Other features are similar to the original, including a very rugged, waterproof design with military ratings for dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity, freeze-thaw and icing/freezing rain. Dual front-facing speakers offer 100dB of clear sound with the phone open or closed. It has programmable shortcut buttons on three sides, and a small outer display. The 5-megapixel auto-focus camera can record HD video; the phone also available without a camera for sensitive workplaces. The DuraXE Epic is available now from AT&T for $270.
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