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Kyocera Announces Rugged 'Torque' And Solar-Powered Smartphone Ahead Of MWC

Kyocera hasn't been one to be shy about experimenting with its smartphones. Today, the company announced two new and interesting smartphones running Android ahead of MWC. One will be the ultra-rugged Torque, and the other is an unnamed solar-powered smartphone.

The Torque is a 4G smartphone that has been certified Military Standard 810G by the U.S. military. The device is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof, and it has built-in protection against vibrations, solar radiation, humidity, extreme temperatures, low pressure and even salt fog. The device also recognizes the difference between bare and gloved fingers to make operating the device easier.

“Kyocera is committed to building high-quality devices that stand up to real-world scenarios and that allow our customers to be productive at work and on-the-go anywhere, no matter the external environment or harsh conditions they have to face," said Takashi Nohara, General Manager of Kyocera's Communications Equipment Sales Group. “We believe durability is a value for all business people."

The Kyocera Torque comes with a 4.5" HD screen, a quad-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, an 8 MP camera, 2 MP front-camera and a 3,100 mAh battery, and it runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

Kyocera will also unveil its unique solar-powered phone at the MWC. This phone will have a screen that will actually generate energy instead of consuming it. The screen will use Sunpartner's solar technology to charge the device.

This is a unique form of solar charging for smartphones, because until now, solar-powered smartphones had solar cells stuck on the back. However, when people use the smartphones outside, the back side isn't exposed too much to the sun, so that method is only so effective.

Kyocera's new smartphone, which has Sunpartner's Wysip Crystals within the screen, should be more effective at capturing solar energy and charging the device. The company will unveil the mystery solar-powered device at MWC along with the ruggedized Torque and a new Windows Phone 8.1 device.

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  • punahou1
    Combining the two phone technologies would make for an awesome camping and hiking phone/computer/camera. I'll take two please...
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  • Thameem97
    This is something phablets can really benefit from more than this phone .
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  • Hillman Jack
    Yeah, I already have the "Torque", except mine is called a "Brigadier", and is a Verizon exclusive. Let's not be pretending this is a brand new phone, it's been out for a while under a different name.

    That said, it's an incredibly tough phone. I my own stress tests that I've subjected the phone to, I've put it through a commercial dishwasher, a rock polisher, ran it over with my ATV, and have taken it white water rafting and kayaking, completely unprotected in my pocket. Sucker is still going strong, with barely a scratch on the plastic, absolutely no screen damage, and is loud and responsive as ever. If you live a rough life, I highly recommend this phone.
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  • Hillman Jack
    Wait. After reading the article, and checking Kyocera's website, there appears to me something amiss here.

    You keep calling the phone "Torque" (E6715), yet you list the specs for the "Brigadier" and "Durascout" (E6782). So which is it? They are completely distinct and individual products, they even operate on different radio bands!!

    I expect more accuracy from Tom's.
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  • Arabian Knight
    The is a one year old phone .
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  • d3seeker
    Good. I just don't like how these rugged phones sacrifice specs/power but I'll take the solar power tech
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  • Arabian Knight
    15379577 said:
    Good. I just don't like how these rugged phones sacrifice specs/power but I'll take the solar power tech


    Samsung S5 Active Rugged phone is there and it sacrifices nothing ! 100% Samsung s5
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