The Kyocera Torque will become available at Sprint on March 8 and it will set you back $99.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) with a new two-year contract. You’ll be able to get it on that date in stores, online, and via telesales.
The Torque was officially unveiled in late January after having been spotted at the FCC a couple of weeks prior to that. It’s a rugged Android-powered smartphone, and it’s going to be Sprint’s first LTE-enabled rugged device.
The Kyocera Torque is actually billed by Sprint as being ‘ultra-rugged’, and it adheres to the IP67 and Military Standard 810G, so it’s certainly not a fragile handset. It can, in fact, withstand dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, humidity, blowing rain, low pressure, salt fog and extreme temperatures. It also supports Sprint’s Direct Connect push-to-talk tech.
The Torque is unique in that it comes with Kyocera’s Smart Sonic Receiver technology, which uses vibrations to transmit sounds with unparalleled quality.
The phone comes with a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD expansion support, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
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