Samsung Transform Ultra and Kyocera DuraCore may land in Sprint stores on November 13

Samsung Transform Ultra and Kyocera DuraCore may land in Sprint stores on November 13
The Samsung Transform Ultra and the Kyocera DuraCore are both handsets that we are already familiar with. We also know that Sprint is the carrier the two devices are bound for. However, there is still one bit that we are missing from the equation, namely both of these smartphones' release dates.

Well, here comes a leak that sheds some light on the matter. According to these spy shots that just leaked on the web, the Samsung Transform Ultra and the Kyocera DuraCore are to be launched by Sprint on November 13, just in time for the holidays.

The Samsung Transform Ultra has been available on Boost mobile for some time now and it sells for $229 without commitment. But if signing a 2-year contract does not bother you, Sprint will be willing to sell you one for $80 after a $50 mail-in rebate. What you get for your money is an Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone featuring a 4-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen. A couple of cameras are also in stock – a 3-megapixel main one and a VGA front-facing shooter for video chats. Providing the processing power is a Qualcomm MSM8655 chipset clocket at 1GHz.

The Kyocera DuraCore may not have any bells and whistles to brag with, but it stands out with its rugged body and solid construction. It complies with military standards for dust, shock and vibration resistance, so it should be able to handle a lot more abuse than your ordinary handset. Another thing that makes the phone special is the support for Sprint's Direct Connect network, which allows for PTT services to be used over CDMA. You also get a 2-inch color display and a secondary external one for notifications, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1GB microSD card thrown in the set. As far as pricing goes, it is said that the Kyocera DuraCore will rerail for $70.

Of course, you should bear in mind that the November 13 release date for these two devices is not official yet, but it won't be long before we find out whether the leak holds water or not. Anyone thinking of getting one of them? Feel free to let us know by dropping a comment below.

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Transform Ultra
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.00h talk time)
  • Display 2.0" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Battery 1360 mAh(8.14h talk time)



1. M2Iceman

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Nice to see that Sprint is taking a page out of the AT&T handbook. Get saddled with the Iphone and then launch crap phones that cant compete with it. Why couldnt you be like Verizon? Now I have to wait till God knows when to get a better phone than my Epic Touch 4G. Thanks Sprint!! And BTW, love the ET4G but the radios on this phone suck real bad and something needs to be done to patch it.

2. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

it's a Crapsung product, not Sprint. So you should blame Crapsung. Their phones are always like that. And this Transform Ultra, I'm foreseeing another Ultra headache for consumers who will buy it and for Sprint who will get all of the complaints instead of Crapsung.

3. spanky

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

if its anything like the transform, lord help all of us that work for Sprint. And if it holds true to the Samsung name the radios will be crap as well. I was really hoping that the radio was going to be better on the E4GT, but i was wrong. Worst reception i have ever had. such a shame too, because the phone is awesome

5. M2Iceman

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I realize Sprint doesnt make the phones, but Im sure we will end up like AT&T for at least till summer. Thats too bad, looking at Verizons lineup makes me sad.

7. threeline

Posts: 311; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

So we're gonna be stuck with Samsung Ultras and Casio Military spec'd phone releases for awhile? That's very depressing.

4. threeline

Posts: 311; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Thank you Sprint! I was hoping for a Galaxy Nexus announcement but you managed to announce the woefully horrible Samsung Ultra, it looks like its gonna be a nightmare for some poor schmuck. It has a "I cant wait to lock up on you" smirk on it! Why would you even consider this phone over the Evo Design?

6. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

keyboard? I do hope Samsung got their act together with this phone's sequel, the Transform was a pretty bad phone. It wasn't Zio bad but it gave the Intercept a run for its money definitely.

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