Sprint just announced a phone that, unlike most of what we cover here day in and day out, is not a smartphone. Nor is it meant to impress by features, processor speed, or any of those things. There’s one thing that the Kyocera DuraPlus is, though: rugged.
It adheres to Military Standard 810G for resistance to dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, humidity, rain, and immersion (up to 30 minutes in up to 1 m of water). The DuraPlus also comes with a LED flash that has its own dedicated power button, which may come in handy during power outages, or simply in unlit areas.
The Kyocera DuraPlus will become available on Sprint’s Direct Connect push-to-talk service in the first half of this year, with exact release info as well as pricing to be announced closer to the launch. Sprint is clearly positioning the DuraPlus for professionals who work in tough environments, this being a phone that can easily withstand anything you throw at it.
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