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).

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!

Kyocera’s DuraForce XD Wins Prestigious 2016 Red Dot Award

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This week, we are thrilled to announce that Kyocera’s DuraForce XD has been selected as a 2016 Red Dot Award winner for outstanding product design in the “Industry, Machinery and Robotics” category. We take great pride in creating tough, rugged mobile devices that don’t sacrifice usability or style, so it is always a great honor when we are recognized for our product design by industry associations, influencers and other third parties.

You might be wondering about the significance of the Red Dot Awards. Let me explain…The Red Dot is a revered international stamp of outstanding design quality. The origin of the award dates all the way back to 1955, and it is organized annually by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen— one of the oldest, most reputable and most active design institutions in the world. Each year they evaluate more than 17,000 professional product design entries globally in three categories: Product Design, Communication Design and Design Concept.

The judging process is very unique and quite extensive, which is why Kyocera is so thrilled the DuraForce XD is being honored as a Product Design winner. A panel of 40 experts appraise manufacturers and designers from all over the world—they dedicate three full days to diving deep into all of the nominated products and focus on criteria like innovation, formal quality, functionality and ecological compatibility. So, you can see why an endorsement like this is such an honor for Kyocera.

We’re obviously very proud of our rugged lineup, specifically the DuraForce XD. Not only is it affordable, but it also includes an extra-large display (5.7”) that bridges the gap between smartphones and tablets, and is capable of surviving the most challenging work environments. It incorporates certified Mil Spec 810G Protection against field-force mishaps like drops, shock and vibration, among others. And with Glove and Wet Touchscreen Operation, as well as Push-To-Talk functionality, it is one of the most versatile, durable and reliable phones available today. Thank you to the Red Dot Awards for this outstanding recognition of the Kyocera DuraForce XD.

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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.