Kyocera may not be the first name one thinks of at the mention of Japanese tech companies, but the Kyoto-based firm is certainly not to be taken lightly. The company is involved in various technology sectors including digital imaging, telecom equipment, solar power and semiconductor components. The company, interestingly, has a U.S. subsidiary called Kyocera Communications that manufactures mobile phones for carriers operating in the two large North American markets – the U.S. and Canada. One of the salient features of the company’s smartphones is their durability, as most of Kyocera’s devices come with weatherproofing and have ruggedized exteriors. What that means in essence, is that they’re heavily resistant to not just dust and liquid damage, but are also tolerant of shocks, radiation and extreme temperature variations that will very likely destroy most flagships.
The company has now announced that yet another of its rugged smartphones, the DuraForce XD, will be available on T-Mobile from the 11th of this month at a price of $449.99. However, qualified customers will be able to get the device at $0 down and 24 payments of $18.75 per month. The DuraForce XD was announced last October as an upgrade to the original DuraForce, which was released back in November 2014. According to Kyocera’s press release, the device comes with a large 5.7-inch 720p display, runs on Android and has an IP68 certification. The company also claims that the device is “certified to Military Standard 810G” which enables it to withstand a wide variety of elements and conditions such as dust, drops, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, solar radiation, humidity, water immersion and more.
According to Kyocera, the DuraForce XD is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU and it comes with a 3,700mAh battery. What’s more, the phone is OSHA certified for use in hazardous work locations. While the spec sheet in itself doesn’t look that impressive at first glance, ‘rugged’ smartphones have come a long way over the past couple of years, and hardware specs have started improving significantly. Meanwhile, the Kyocera DuraForce XD is expected to compete in the market with devices like the Dewalt MD501 smartphone, which was launched recently by the renowned power tool-maker from Towson, Maryland.