Kyocera’s European Smartphone Survives Rugged Use

By Tom Allen
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Marking the company’s entrance into the European mobile phone market, Kyocera’s Torque smartphone (KC-S701) is a rugged model meeting the MIL-STD-810 standard in 11 categories. These categories include dust, shocks, vibrations, humidity and immersion.

Designed for use in challenging environments, the Torque can be sprayed with or immersed in up to 1.5m of water for 30 minutes or dropped from 1.2m. It will continue to function in -21° – 50° temperatures. The touchscreen can be operated when wet or while the user is wearing standard gloves.

Kyocera’s Smart Sonic Receiver is designed to cancel noise in loud locations. Two push-to-talk apps are pre-installed, so the phone can be used like a walkie-talkie, and it supports Qi wireless charging. The Torque also features built-in security and encryption.

The Torque has 4G connectivity and offers up to 27 hours of talk time (3,100mAh battery). The 4.5″ display has 1280 x 720 resolution; a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor runs Android 4.4.4.

Kyocera will show its new phone at MWC in March.