Kyocera is a pretty well-known company among smartphone users in Asia, especially Japan. In the US, its popularity is limited mostly to rugged phones sector of the mobile market. In Europe, however, the brand is associated only with printers and multi-function devices, since the company hasn’t been selling any phones in this region. This is going to change very soon, though. Kyocera has just launched the new rugged Torque LTE – the first smartphone destined for European market.
Kyocera Torque LTE heavy-duty smartphone
If you think that you already heard about the model Kyocera Torque, you are not mistaken. The new Kyocera Torque LTE bears the same name as a handset released back in 2013 for Sprint, but in reality it’s more similar to the Brigadier than the first-generation Torque.
Like the majority of Kyocera phones, the new Torque is capable of withstanding even the most extreme conditions without suffering any damage. Not only is the phone certified for IP68, which means protection against dust and water immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 1.5 meters, but it’s also rated for MIL-STD-810G for dust, shock, vibration, high temperature, low temperature, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and immersion.
As far as specs are concerned, the new Torque is a lower-mid-range offering. The handset sports a 4.5-inch HD display with wet/glove-touch functionality and is powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor. Other key features include LTE connectivity, 8-megapixel main camera with LED flash, 2-megapixel front-facing shooter, 1GB of RAM, Smart Sonic Receiver technology which uses both sound and vibrations to transmit voice. Modest hardware combined with a hefty 3,100 mAh battery results in a pretty impressive battery life of up to 27 hours of talk time or up to 810 hours of standby time.
Kyocera will showcase the new Torque at MWC in Barcelona next month and hopefully then we will find out how much the device will cost, though most likely it will be affordable. The phone will arrive this spring, first in Germany and France where it will be available SIM-lock free. Customers in other markets will be able to purchase the new Torque in the following weeks, however, more exact date is unknown at this point.