Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Friday February 22, 2013.
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Sprint has enlisted a new Kyocera smartphone with military-grade resistance to the elements and a few other choice features heading to its network. Sprint today announced that the Kyocera Torque, the first "Ultra Rugged" 4G LTE phone to support push-to-talk and a new call enhancement feature, will debut on its network March 8. The Torque will cost $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year agreement.
The Kyocera Torque is built to be waterproof, dirt proof, and drop proof. The phone can be placed in water for up to 30 minutes, be left in extreme cold or heat for two hours, dropped 26 times, and face several other conditions that would normally render a smartphone useless. The phone is designed for people who live or work in conditions that do damage to their phone and meets Military Standard 810G to survive water, dust, shock, radiation, salt fog, and more.
The Torque also supports Sprint Direct Connect push-to-talk and Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver that transmits sounds through vibrations passing through body tissue to improve sound quality. The phone has a 4.0 display, a 2,500 mAh battery, a 5 megapixel camera, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The Kyocera Torque, which has Android 4.1 software and 4G LTE connectivity will go on sale March 8, 2013.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.