Today's smartphones are becoming more elegant by the day, they're thin and sleek, but, unfortunately, that makes them rather easy to break. This is fine for the vast majority of consumers, people are aware that they can't exactly throw their handset around and expect the to remain usable. There's another type of consumers though, the type that needs something sturdier, and luckily for them, rugged smartphones are also a thing nowadays. Several companies are making rugged phones only, while others manufacture them alongside their regular handsets.
Most of you have probably heard of Kyocera and one of their rugged handsets, especially the U.S. consumers considering that some of the carriers over there are offering Kyocera's rugged handsets for sale. Sprint carries the Kyocera Torque handset, while Verizon offers the Kyocera Brigadier as part of their lineup. Well, the company has announced that the Torque model will be available in Europe soon, but this model is not that similar to the Sprint's variant. The Torque model that will be offered in Europe actually has more in common with the Brigadier handset. This Japan-based company has announced that this GSM handset will initially launch for the business-to-business (B2B) platform in France and Germany this Spring. They didn't, however, share the pricing information nor the exact date for the release of this device.
Regarding its specs, the Kyocera Torque features a 4.5-inch 72op (1280 x 720) display which can be operated even if you have gloves on. 1.4GHz Snapdragon CPU is powering this device on (the company didn't share additional details here) and a 3,100mAh battery comes built-in. 8 and 2-megapixel cameras will be available here, on the device's back and front, respectively. IPX5 and IPX8 rating means that this device can be submerged under water for up to 30 minutes, though not deeper than 1.5 meters (4.9 feet). The phone is also dust and shock-proof and can withstand temperatures from -5.8 to 122 degrees F (-21 to 50 degrees C) for up to 3 hours. Android 4.4 KitKat comes pre-installed on this device and features Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver Technology. The phone also has a ceramic transducer inside which can transmit sound waves through the cartilage of the user's ear, this should improve audio quality.
There you have it, the company has also confirmed that the phone will appear at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month, so stay tuned.