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Ultra-Rugged 4G LTE Smartphone Unveiled

17 August 2015

Kyocera has announced DuraForce, an ultra-rugged, waterproof 4G LTE Android smartphone, available at TELUS, a national telecommunications company, providing service to more than 8.4 million people in Canada.

DuraForce, Kyocera’s rugged, waterproof 4G LTE smartphoneDuraForce, Kyocera’s rugged, waterproof 4G LTE smartphoneDuraForce is IP68 certified, meaning it is dustproof, waterproof and can be submerged in up to 1.8 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. With a reinforced housing and Military Standard 810G protection against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure/high altitudes, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and water immersion—pretty much all of the potentially phone-killing conditions, DuraForce can go more places and withstand extreme environments and accidents.

DuraForce is certified for use in hazardous work environments where concentrations of flammable gases, vapors or mists that are not normally present in an explosive concentration. However, it may materialize, making it an ideal smartphone for industries such as oil exploration and production, utilities, chemical production, airport refueling, pharmaceutical/paint industries, natural gas pipeline/production centers and and anyone who requires a smartphone that is tough enough to withstand the roughest work situations. (Hazardous Locations: Non-incendive, Class I, Division 2)

DuraForce provides a quick and reliable connection to an individual or group instantly through Push-to-Talk (PTT) with just a push of a button and is designed with a large, tactile side button that makes PTT calls easy, even while wearing gloves. It comes equipped with extra-loud dual front speakers and can accommodate an external PTT remote speaker microphone accessory.

DuraForce features the Android KitKat 4.4.2 operating system and a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 with 1.4GHz Quad-core CPU. The phone’s 16GB of ROM can be augmented via an external microSD™ card slot that supports cards up to 32GB. It has a high-capacity of 3100mAh lithium-ion battery that is well suited to long days on the job or on the go, along with a 4.5” 720p HD impact-resistant touchscreen that can be used while wearing gloves, with wet hands or when the screen is wet. The touchscreen immediately recognizes the input method, whether by glove or bare hand, and automatically adjusts the sensitivity level.

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