Sprint announces Kyocera Torque, rugged LTE droid

28 January, 2013 | Comments (7) | Post your comment

Today Sprint and Kyocera announced the Torque Android smartphone. The handset brings support for LTE, a Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset with dual-core 1.2 GHz Krait CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 5 MP rear camera and 1.3 MP front-facing one.

The Kyocera Torque will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It will be sporting Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC connectivity as well as a microSD card slot for expanding the built in storage by up to 32 GB.



Now comes the interesting part - the Kyocera Torque is both IP67 certified and is built to Military Standard 810G. This means that in addition to being able to withstand water up to a meter deep for 30 minutes the smartphone can operate for up to three hours at -4 to 122F (-20 to 50C). It can also handle drops from four feet, withstand heavy dust and exposure to salt fog, 95% humidity, solar radiation exposure, low pressures up to 4572 meters, etc.

The Torque can literally withstand more than its owner in some cases.

Kyocera has placed its Smart Sonic Receiver tech inside the Torque, which enhances the sound in the ear and eliminates the need for a traditional speaker in the device, helping achieve the remarkable element resistance. This is done by transmitting sound via vibrations directly to the eardrum.

Pricing and specific availability will be revealed this quarter and the device will hit the shelves in the Spring.

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Sprint announces Kyocera Torque, rugged LTE droid - reader comments

  • deepak kumar

so .osam

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  • 2013-02-09 15:24
  • 9EBL
  • New sprint customer.

How about they focus right now on getting their LTE to prime locations before they think about new phones on their network. How are you going to sell an LTE for with no LTE. Im not saying none, but how about focusing on places like Los Angeles and Or...

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  • 2013-01-29 20:06
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  • ThomasCarlsson

"Military Standard": "It can also handle drops from four feet", that must be the shortest/smallest army in the world if they need to be shorter than 4 feet if they want to stand up while using the phone and not risk breaking it if...

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  • 2013-01-28 19:26
  • J5QT