Kyocera Urbano Progresso to launch this week, brings tissue conducting technology to the masses

Kyocera Urbano Progresso to launch this week, brings tissue conducting technology to the masses
Back at CTIA 2012, we had the opportunity to check out a smartphone that was like no other, and it carried a Kyocera logo. The device in question utilized the company's tissue conducting technology that drops the standard earpiece in favor of a ceramic transducer – a gizmo that makes the handset's surface vibrate delivering clear audio when in contact with the user's ear. Sounds really cool, doesn't it? Well, what is even cooler is that a smartphone using this innovative tech will be available for purchase in just a few days, albeit only in one particular contry.

Introducing the Kyocera Urbano Progresso – equipped with a Smart Sonic receiver (apparently that is the name, under which the aforementioned transducer will be marketed), and bound for the Japanese market. Fancy earpiece aside, the smartphone's specs are anything but groundbreaking, but still sufficient for the needs of Mr Average Joe. Under the hood we have a dual-core Snapdragon S2 chip clocked at 1.4GHz. The display measures 4.1 inches and the camera on the handset's back is of 8.1 megapixels. As one would expect out of a Japan-bound smartphone, the Urbano Progresso is waterproof, so those unpredictable summer rains should not be much of a concern. Android 4.0 comes out of the box, and the local flavor of WiMAX provides speedy web access on the go.

Although the Kyocera Urbano Progresso will probably stay within Japanese bounds, the company promised to deliver ceramic transducer-equipped smartphones to the U.S. as well. Hopefully, we will get to try them out by the end of this year.  

source: KDDI (translated) via Engadget


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5 Comments

1. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The orange ones reminds me of Sony Ericsson walkman phone

2. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I want. That actually has really good specs. Even for a four-inch phone.

3. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Only an s2?WTF?

4. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

if its not that expensive then it might sell pretty good

5. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

and s2 doesnt matter that much i can run cm9 super super smooth on an 600 mhz armv6 processor with 512 mb of ram

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