Kyocera, no stranger to making rugged smartphones, is releasing a successor to the DuraForce XD, which debuted in January. The upcoming DuraForce Pro is being touted as the only rugged smartphone with a “Super Wide View FHD Action Camera.”
And that’s what the Kyocera is marketing. Rather than carrying a GoPro around during your adventurous exploits, why not lessen the load and use a smartphone that complies with the Military Standard 810G, meaning it’s shockproof, drop-proof, dust-proof, can withstand temperature extremes, solar radiation, humidity — you get the idea. Oh, and if that’s not enough, it’s IP68-rated, meaning that you can take it underwater up to 2 meters deep for 30 minutes.
So what’s inside? The 5-inch Android 6.0 device has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and that’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 — the same chip in the new Moto G4 and ZTE ZMax Pro. The DuraForce Pro comes with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, dual front-facing speakers, and a large 3,240mAh battery that supports QuickCharge 2.0 and wireless charging. It also is packed with NFC, a fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth 4.2, and a boatload of other sensors such as a barometer.
The specialty of this smartphone is its dual camera set up on the rear — a 13-megapixel camera sits next to the “Super Wide View” 1080p camera that has a 135-degree lens. It’s an action camera, meaning it has an “underwater mode, sports mode, slow motion, time-lapse” and can capture 1080p video. Of course, there’s a 5-megapixel front-facing camera as well if you want to snag some selfies.
Kyocera looks to take things several steps further with support for “popular action-camera mounts,” but the company was quite vague with the terminology. Overall, the DuraForce Pro is not much to look at with big bezels and thick buttons, but that’s what you get when you want a device that can withstand almost anything.
You will not need to look very far to find it, however, since AT&T announced it will sell the phone. However, the carrier did not say how much it will cost or when it will be available, though Kyocera did say the DuraForce Pro will launch in the “coming months.” Furthermore, the DuraForce XD is currently available through AT&T for around $500, so odds are we might see a similar price range for the DuraForce Pro.
Updated on 08-16-2016 by Williams Pelegrin: Included information of AT&T carrying the DuraForce Pro later this year.
Article originally published on 08-10-2016.