Jan 28, 2013Sprint and Kyocera today announced the Torque, a new ruggedized Android smartphone that includes DirectConnect and LTE 4G. The Torque is rated at mil-spec 810G for protection from dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, humidity, blowing rain, low pressure, salt fog, and extreme temperatures.
Smartphones don't get much tougher than the Torque, and most rugged smartphones don't come with nearly as many great features. Like the Torque, the Motorola Admiral combines Android with Direct Connect, along with a BlackBerry-style keyboard you don't see on many smartphones nowadays. But it's not nearly as rugged as the Torque and runs an ancient version of Android. It also has a slower processor and doesn't support LTE. If you don't need Direct Connect and are willing to take your chances, the infinitely more fragile Samsung Galaxy S III starts at the same price as the Torque, and gets you a lot more power and features. But if you need a smartphone on Sprint's push-to-talk Direct Connect network, the Kyocera Torque can't be beat, making it our new Editors' Choice.
Overland Park, Kan. - January 28, 2013 - Water, dirt, drops - there seem to be 101 ways to break or damage smartphones that dutifully serve as mini computers, schedulers and entertainment devices. Today, Sprint (NYSE:S) and Kyocera Communications Inc. announce the upcoming availability of Kyocera Torque, built to survive extreme elements and everyday life.
Torque will be available this spring; exact availability and pricing will be announced this quarter. Torque is an ultra-rugged, 4G LTE Android smartphone featuring Sprint® Direct Connect® push-to-talk service and Kyocera's award-winning Smart Sonic Receiver audio technology.
Kyocera has teamed up with KDDI carrier in Japan to announce the Kyocera Torque G02 rugged smartphone. Like all rugged smartphones, it can survive harsh weather conditions and is tipped to be first smartphone to be resistant to salty sea water. 2b1af7f3a8