This week Kyocera and AT&T introduced two new devices in Kyocera’s Dura Series line, the nation’s leading suite of ruggedized mobile offerings. The new devices, DuraForce XD and DuraXE, offer the state-of-the-art rugged and waterproof designs that have become synonymous with Kyocera, delivering flawless communications and reliability in the most extreme and hazardous worksites and conditions. As with other Dura Series devices, the DuraForce XD and DuraXE feature dedicated side buttons for one-touch access to AT&T’s Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) service, enabling instant one-to-one or one-to-many walkie-talkie-style communication that is crisp, loud and clear.
The DuraForce XD and DuraXE complement the existing DuraForce smartphone and round out AT&T’s Dura Series portfolio with a feature phone, smartphone and large-display smartphone (aka, “phablet” that bridges the gap between phones and tablets). This provides enterprise customers with a range of device options uniquely suited for every worker, application, environment and budget. Curious on which device may be right for you and your business? Read on…
DuraForce XD: Bridging the gap between phones and tablets
The DuraForce XD is a top-of-the-line 4G LTE Android™ smartphone with a huge 5.7-inch HD, impact-resistant display that offers users the screen size and clarity needed for easy field use and data entry. Also dubbed a “phablet,” the XD bridges the gap between smartphones and tablets, providing the convenience of a larger display that is optimal for on-the-go access of documents, forms, schedules and other business-critical information. With EPTT support, the DuraForce XD facilitates instant communications between individuals or groups of up to 250 people over 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, helping keep line-of-business managers in touch with real-time operations in the field and factory floor. And like its DuraForce predecessor, the XD offers seamless Glove and Wet Touchscreen Operation, making it ideal for applications in work environments like laboratories, manufacturing plants, hospitals and refineries where gloves are commonly required. Lastly, the XD features extra-loud dual front speakers and dual-microphone noise cancellation, providing loud and clear audio performance even in the outdoors or in the presence of heavy noise, machinery or sirens.
DuraForce: The original rugged smartphone
The flagship device of the Dura Series lineup, the DuraForce is a rugged 4G Android smartphone designed to withstand extreme environments and elements. It is certified to Military Standard 810G to protect against dust, drops, shock, vibrations, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure and high altitude, solar radiation, salt fog and humidity, while also being certified IP68 for dustproofing and water immersion (up to 30 minutes in up to 6 feet of water). It also carries OSHA certification for use in hazardous locations (Non-incendive, Class I, Division 2, Groups A-D). With a 4.5-inch HD impact-resistant display, the DuraForce is the perfect solution for front-line managers who rely on a smartphone for day-to-day operations but prefer the size and agility of a smaller device, such as those working in construction, oil and gas, and manufacturing. With military-grade protection, along with its long-lasting 3100mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities, DuraForce users can have confidence in its ability to endure and operate in the toughest of environments.
DuraXE: Everything you need and nothing you don’t
A feature phone, the new DuraXE is best suited for field crews and workers who must stay connected in diverse environments and circumstances, but without needing the full functionality of a smartphone or the cost of a data plan. The DuraXE’s large, tactile keypad and buttons make it easy to maneuver with gloved hands, and its convenient top keys provide quick access to activate the speaker phone or end calls –-making it the ideal communications tool for utility crews, safety and security officers, fleet drivers or fuel managers. In addition to its large 2.6-inch high-contrast internal color LCD display, a high-contrast, external display makes it easy to read while working outdoors or in tight spaces. The DuraXE is ultra-durable without sacrificing power or features, and is certified for use in hazardous work locations where flammable gases, vapors or mists are not normally present in an explosive concentration but may materialize (Non-incendive, Class I, Division 2, Groups A-D). The DuraXE offers everything mobile field workers need in a communications device and nothing that they don’t, helping companies minimize unnecessary data-plan expenditures and further maximize budgets for mobile enterprise initiatives.
AT&T’s Dura Series offers the most diverse solution set for enterprise and businesses, from the C-level executive and front-line manager to the field-force worker and first responder. With rugged designs, support for EPTT and support for business apps from AT&T Mobile Business Solutions, the Dura Series can serve the mobile needs of any business whose operations rely on constant communications and connectivity between various internal and external departments, helping reduce overall cost of ownership, while ensuring workforce productivity and business continuity.
The Kyocera DuraForce XD will be priced as low as $14.99/month with $0 down for well-qualified consumers with AT&T Next24 when activated on qualified service. It also is available for $24.99 with a two-year wireless service agreement and the purchase of AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk, $79.99 with a two-year wireless service agreement with qualified service. The DuraXE is available for $13.50 per month for 20 months on an AT&T Installment plan, $49.99 with two-year wireless service agreement and the purchase of AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk, and $99.99 with a two-year wireless service agreement with qualified service. The DuraForce is available for as low as $13.97/month with $0 down for well-qualified consumers with AT&T Next24 when activated on qualified service. It is also available for $49.99 with a two-year annual contract with qualified service.
Tom Zeran is the Vice President of the Product & Development Division at Kyocera Communications, Inc., where he leads the company’s Product Planning and Engineering functions, ensuring alignment within the product portfolio and leading activities to bring those products to market. With more than 30 years of experience in program management and product development in high-tech industries, Tom began his career in the aerospace industry, moving into telecommunications when he joined Qualcomm, Inc. in 1994. Tom was a co-founder of Peek, Inc., where the company’s first mobile-messaging device was named Wired Magazine’s 2008 Gadget of the Year and won several prestigious design awards. Tom holds four mobile-device technology patents.