Verizon Releases Kyocera DuraForce PRO with Sapphire Shield Crystal Display and Super Wide-View HD Action Camera

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The DuraForce PRO is the latest Android smartphone in Kyocera’s ultra-rugged lineup, and it is now available on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. Offering all of the protections that users expect from a Kyocera device, the DuraForce PRO is shockproof, drop-proof and dustproof, with certifications for IP68 (waterproof up to 30 minutes, up to 2 meters deep) and Military Standard 810G to defend against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, rain, low pressure, solar radiation, humidity, immersion, and temperature shock. Further enhancing its durability, DuraForce PRO on Verizon also features Kyocera’s Sapphire Shield display – made with sapphire crystal that is second only to diamond in its hardness and strength – protecting the touchscreen against coins, keys, rocks, and other abrasions that can compromise the durability of a display.

While tough and rugged have long been distinguishing characteristics of Kyocera mobile devices, DuraForce PRO is further differentiated with its all-in-one camera capabilities. DuraForce PRO is the only 4G LTE smartphone currently available with an integrated super-wide-view HD (1080p) action camera, providing outdoor enthusiasts, professional photographers, and construction, safety and security workers with the ability to capture live video and still images from any environment – be it from great heights or even under water. The main camera captures at an impressive 13-megapixels and is accompanied by a separate 135-degree wide-angle action camera lens, plus a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Rather than having to carry a separate, dedicated action camera, DuraForce PRO builds the functionality right into the phone. DuraForce PRO also allows users to toggle between different enhanced camera-mode options for underwater, sports, slow motion and time-lapse, just to name a few.

The Most Durable, All-in-One Device
Kyocera DuraForce PRO was designed to lend simplicity to users, while delivering an all-in-one mobile device for myriad consumer and business applications. A fingerprint security sensor has been added the phone’s power button for biometric and one-touch authentication, supporting popular mPayment/ mCommerce protocols. With Glove and Wet Touchscreen Operation, DuraForce PRO also can be navigated with wet or gloved hands, and is fully operational while underwater. The device can enable seamless one-to-one or one-to-many communications with a dedicated side button for Push-To-Talk (PTT), which can also be programmed by non-PTT users for one-touch access to a favorite feature (such as the action motion camera) or another frequently used application.

Offering impressive specs at a competitive price point, DuraForce PRO is equipped with a large 5-inch Full HD display and a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ octa-core processor, and 32 GB of expandable memory. Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the rugged smartphone features a long-lasting 3240 mAh battery and supports both wireless charging and Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 2.0.

Kyocera works with leading accessory and software manufacturers to provide solutions that customize DuraForce PRO for specific industries. The device also is certified for use in hazardous locations where concentrations of flammable gas, vapors or mists are not normally present in explosive concentrations but may exist (Non-incendive Class I, Division 2, Group A-D, T4).

Whether you’re an adventurous consumer with an active lifestyle or you work in demanding industries like manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, and oil and gas, DuraForce PRO brings you the performance you demand, the versatility to capture your experiences and the durability to derive maximum value from your smartphone investment.

Kyocera DuraForce PRO by Verizon Wireless is now available to both consumer and business users, priced at $17 a month for 24 months on Verizon device payment ($408 retail).

KYOCERA DURAFORCE PRO EARNS CES 2017 INNOVATION AWARD

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As we kick off the new year, we are proud to announce that our latest ruggedized smartphone, the Kyocera DuraForce PRO, has been chosen as a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the “Wireless Handsets” category. The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is one of the largest (and busiest!) consumer technologies shows in the world, and the CES 2017 Innovation Awards* is a prestigious awards program created to acknowledge outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics across 28 product categories. For our newest Kyocera device to be regarded amongst the top mobile handsets in the world is an honor and a true testament to its standout combination of performance, durability and affordability.

Products entered in the CES Innovation Awards program are judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media. They are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, unique and novel features, and how the design and innovation of the product compares to other products in the marketplace.

According to the Consumer Technology Association, products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting-edge tech products and services coming to market. DuraForce PRO, which is the latest among the durable smartphones in Kyocera’s leading portfolio of rugged, military-grade and waterproof devices, offers an affordable, durable and dependable smartphone for both business users and consumers alike. DuraForce PRO is certified against shock/drops, water immersion, vibration, high altitude, extreme temperatures, dust and humidity. It can be submerged in up to 6.5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes and, for peace of mind, it comes with a standard two-year limited warranty. On top of its durability and reliability, it comes equipped with industry-leading, high-quality photo and video capabilities, including three front-and rear-facing cameras, and the industry’s first super-wide-view HD action camera in a smartphone.

DuraForce PRO will be on display along with other award winners during CES, January 5-8, 2017 in the Innovation Awards Showcase at The Venetian, Level 2, Ballroom E/F. If you are attending CES, come by and check it out! Or, if you can’t make it, check out DuraForce PRO on our site. For more information about the CES Innovation Awards, visit their website.

John is director of corporate communications at Kyocera. He has worked on the Kyocera team shaping its communications strategy over the past 15 years – 13 of those years in-house and two with a Kyocera agency partner. John has always had a passion for writing and began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Whittier Daily News, part of a multi-paper syndicate in Los Angeles. When not working, he and his wife can usually be found coaching, shuttling, refereeing or cheering for his three sons and their numerous plays, concerts and sports teams. 

*The CES Innovation Awards are based upon descriptive materials submitted to the judges. CTA did not verify the accuracy of any submission or of any claims made and did not test the item to which the award was given.

Kyocera Provides Honda’s Official Ultra-Ruggedized Smartphone for Dakar Rally for Second Year in a Row

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What do you get when you mix off-road endurance racing, the harshest environments and rugged smartphones? On January 2-14, 2017, we find out, when, for the second year in a row, Kyocera provides the official smartphone for the Honda Racing Corporation’s “Monster Energy Honda Team” at the Dakar Rally 2017.

The world-famous Dakar Rally originated as the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1979 and today is an intense long-distance endurance ride throughout some of the toughest environments in South America, across Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. Top drivers and riders venture on a long-distance rally raid starting at Base Aerea Nu Guazu, Argentina, passing through La Paz, all the way to the finish line in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the race, the team will pause in the highest-altitude capital in the world in La Paz.

In 2017, Kyocera will be providing 30 rugged mobile handsets to the Monster Energy Honda Team. The Kyocera Torque G02 ruggedized devices will provide telemetry and communication support, allowing them to monitor the status of motorbikes and send critical performance data and log information to the crew and mechanical experts.

As the leader in rugged mobile devices that support all types of enterprise verticals – from construction to transportation to public safety, as well as consumers who work, perform or play in the harshest environments – Kyocera is a natural fit to provide the official smartphone for the Honda team for the second year in a row. The Dakar Rally is an intense and high-impact course through some of the highest altitudes in the world – to provide some perspective, the lowest altitude found in La Paz is approximately 10,000 feet (3,300m) above sea level – and Kyocera rugged devices help navigate extreme conditions with scratch-proof, dust-proof, waterproof and Glove Touchscreen Operation capabilities.

“The TORQUE G02 smartphones provided by Kyocera have enhanced, robust specifications which allow use without any issues under the increasingly severe environments of the Dakar Rally, for example, running through the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia,” said Taichi Honda, leader of Honda Racing Corporation’s Dakar Rally 2017 project. “The toughness and reliability of Kyocera’s ultra-ruggedized mobile devices have made them indispensable in our racing activities and made Kyocera a key strategic partner for this race.”

Kyocera is proud to support the Monster Energy Honda Team in the Dakar Rally 2017, with the same rugged Kyocera products and technologies that are available today to businesses and individuals around the world. Kyocera’s rugged devices enable all of us to stay connected and productive at work and on-the-go, no matter the challenges we face. For more information on Kyocera’s rugged lineup, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter @kyoceramobile.

4 Reasons Why DuraForce PRO Should Be At the Top of Holiday Wish Lists

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The holidays are quickly approaching and, once again, smartphones are certain to be at the top of many wish lists. But with so many options available, what should holiday gift givers consider when evaluating the perfect new smartphone for loved ones, especially when buying for an adventurer, outdoorsman or on-the-go business user?

Below are a few tips to help select the ideal smartphone this holiday season, and why Kyocera’s DuraForce PRO could top any list:

  1. Search for a true “all-in-one” device: A smartphone should consolidate a user’s must-have functionality into a single device, so that it simplifies life. Kyocera’s DuraForce Pro specs rival those of many leading smartphones, but include additional built-in capabilities that eliminate the need for secondary mobile equipment, such as a GoPro-style action camera or a designated handheld for walkie-talkie communications.

The DuraForce PRO is equipped with tri-camera functionality, offering 5-megapixel front-facing and 13-megapixel rear-facing shooters, as well as a third “super wide view” 1080P HD action camera with slow-mo, sports, action and underwater modes. With a 135-degree wide-angle field of view, the DuraForcePRO delivers the same motion-capturing functionality as found in the most popular dedicated action cameras. And, with its programmable side button and off-the-shelf support for PTT services, the DuraForce PRO facilitates instant one-touch Push-to-Talk communications to individuals or groups.

  1. Consider lifestyle and/or work requirements: Too often, buyers don’t consider their lifestyles or work requirements when choosing a smartphone, but these are often contributing factors to a device’s future damage or failure. If buying for someone who is accident-prone or works a hazardous environments – a ski instructor, a construction worker, a police officer – consider that his or her smartphone needs to survive situations and environments that are more dangerous and unpredictable than those of the average user. When shopping for an adventurer or industrial user, a ruggedized smartphone is always the best investment, as it is built to withstand virtually anything thrown at it – from shock, drops and extreme temperatures, to 30-minutes of submersion in water.

The DuraForce PRO meets IP68 certification as dust- and waterproof, and is certified to Military Standard 810G against drop, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, solar radiation and more. While some devices claim to be “whatever-proof,” the DuraForce PRO truly delivers!

  1. Not all security features are equal: The smartphone is a gateway to sensitive information, whether personal or business, and users should be more security-conscious now than ever before. If utilizing the smartphone for enterprise mobility, commerce or online banking, biometric authentication is the new must-have feature.

The DuraForce Pro’s power button doubles as a fingerprint reader, lending peace of mind in user authentication, which is of particular importance for the most simplified and secure mobile payment-processing experience. With an integrated fingerprint security sensor, the DuraForce PRO provides biometric authentication that is FIDO® certified to support the most popular mPayment/mCommerce protocols. For users whose mobile devices also serve as their ewallets, this advanced level of security and biometric authentication is today’s gold standard.

  1. Pay less, get more: Today’s most popular smartphones – like the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy – typically cost $750 or more at retail. Meanwhile, DuraForce PRO is available from AT&T for only $418 (before discounts or promotions) and from Sprint for only $18 per month over 24 months with installment billing (total SRP of $432.00). On its face, this is a huge savings – but there’s more. With DuraForce PRO, there’s no need to spend additional money on a protective case, and chances are it will survive considerably longer than a non-rugged phone before it needs to be replaced. In fact, a rugged phone is less than 1/3 as likely to fail on the job as a non-rugged phone and costs less over the life of the device. Finally, add in the cost of a built-in action camera (that you no longer need to buy) and you’ve got a value that’s hard to beat. It’s like getting two gifts in one – at a discount!

Smartphone choices may seem limitless this holiday season, but only Kyocera’s DuraForce PRO is built with versatility, durability, affordability and security in mind. With DuraForce PRO, you get the performance you demand in a stylish package that’s tough as nails. Whether it’s for work at a “dirty job” or for the adventurous at heart, DuraForce PRO is the gift that keeps on giving.

Win a DuraForce PRO: Construction Business Owner and Kyocera Join Forces on Phone Giveaway

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We’re super excited to announce a DuraForce PRO rugged-smartphone giveaway that we are running in partnership with Construction Business Owner magazine! The contest opened up over the weekend and will run through November 30, 2016, with winners being announced the first week of December 2016.

DuraForce PRO is the only rugged, waterproof smartphone with a built-in super wide view HD action camera. It can survive active lifestyles and tough workdays, and it can capture every adventure—even the underwater ones.

Kyocera partnered up with Construction Business Owner, because DuraForce PRO is ideal for those in the construction industry. Why’s that? Well, industry-analyst research shows that rugged devices in the workplace fail less than 1/3 as often and, as a result of less downtime and replacement costs, can save businesses 46% on mobile-communication expenses.

DuraForce PRO is built from the ground up to withstand harsh environments, offering secure, instant communications and meeting safety compliance. It also includes glove/wet touchscreen operation capabilities to keep workers productive no matter the environment. Kyocera partners with construction-specific application and accessory vendors like busybusy, ActSoft and Klein Electronics to enable the necessary applications that construction workers need, from Push-To-Talk, to time-management tracking systems to GPS apps.

Plus, the DuraForce PRO integrates a super wide view HD action camera into a 4G LTE smartphone, which means you can post/stream/share/send your content in real time right from the device. The super-wide view HD action camera enables construction workers to capture real-time footage and surveillance for jobs and job-sites, appraisal, landscape, etc. And, to top it off, Kyocera offers accessories that allow DuraForce PRO to work with most popular action-camera mounting systems.

Kyocera devices offer a unique combination of durability, performance and affordability. From Military Standard 810G certification to usable features like Glove & Wet Touchscreen Operation and Underwater Mode, our phones don’t just survive where other phones fail – they thrive.

So head over to Construction Business Owner before November 30 to enter the contest for a chance to win a new DuraForce PRO sometime in the next two months – good luck!