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Kyocera Duraforce Pro is the first rugged smartphone to feature a wide lens action camera

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Kyocera Duraforce Pro is the first rugged smartphone to feature a wide lens action camera
Kyocera today announced a brand new Android smartphone called Duraforce Pro. Similar to the company's previous Duraforce handsets, this is a rugged device that's resistant to drops, dust, and water. However, the Duraforce Pro is special: it's the world's first rugged smartphone to pack a "super wide view" action camera.

Next to a regular 13 MP rear camera, the Duraforce Pro has a 135-degree action camera that can shoot 1080p video in pretty much any conditions (including underwater, and in slow motion). In case you're wondering, 4K video is not an option, so the Duraforce Pro can't really compete with the best dedicated action cameras out there (then again, these don't offer phone functionality).

The new Kyocera handset is IP68-certified (it can survive under water for half an hour, up to 2 meters deep), and meets the Military Standard 810G, thus being protected against various dangers, including shock, vibration, temperature extremes, low pressure, solar radiation, humidity, and icing/freezing rain. The device comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty.

Action camera and ruggedness aside, the Duraforce Pro is a decent mid-range smartphone. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, sports a 5-inch impact-resistant 1080p display, and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor. Other features include LTE connectivity, fingerprint scanner (embedded in the power button), 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable storage space, and a pretty generous 3240 mAh battery (with wireless charging support). There's also a 5 MP camera on the front.

The Kyocera Duraforce Pro will be available across the US in the coming months (for an unknown price). While Kyocera didn't confirm this, we recently heard that T-Mobile would be one of the carriers to sell the new handset. If you're thinking of picking one up, how much would you be willing to pay for the Duraforce Pro? 


source: Kyocera

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