The Kyocera DuraForce PRO is now available for purchase from T-Mobile for a one-time fee of $425, the Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer announced on Friday. The Bellevue, Washington-based mobile service provider was the last major wireless carrier in the United States who wasn’t offering the Kyocera-made rugged smartphone until now, and rumors of T-Mobile picking it up have been circulating the industry since last summer, before the handset was even officially announced. The aforementioned price tag applies only to T-Mobile’s customers and includes a two-year warranty, Kyocera said.
The device itself boasts a 5-inch display panel with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels and ships with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 system-on-chip (SoC), a 64-bit piece of silicon with eight Cortex-A53 cores and the Adreno 405 GPU. The Kyocera DuraForce PRO is powered by 2GB of RAM and sports 32GB of internal flash memory that’s expandable via a microSD card slot by up to 256GB. Like its name suggests, durability is one of the main selling points of the handset that boasts IP68 certification guaranteeing it’s resistant to both dust and water. The device is said to be drop-proof and resistant to shock, in accordance with the 810G Military Standard.
The rear panel of the Kyocera DuraForce PRO houses a 13-megapixel camera with autofocus support and a conventional LED flash, while its top bezel sports a 5-megapixel front sensor. The main camera setup was designed to mimic action cameras and supports a number of relatively unique features like an underwater mode and slow-motion recording. While the device can’t record 4K videos, it can be installed on many standard camera mounts and boasts a relatively long battery life ensured by a 3,240mAh battery that’s compatible with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. It’s currently unclear whether the Kyocera DuraForce PRO variant that’s now being sold by T-Mobile is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box like its predecessors did, or if the device will ship with Nougat, though the former scenario seems more likely. Kyocera is expected to unveil at least one more smartphone by the end of the year and more details on its upcoming products should be available shortly.