This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Kyocera's DuraForce PRO 2 ultra-tough smartphone, which is MIL-STD-810G compliant and can be washed whole with hand soap, has been introduced to the domestic market. It is now available as a SIM-free model that can be purchased not only by corporations but also by the general public. The actual selling price is around 63,000 yen.
DuraForce PRO 2 is a highly durable model that can be used in harsh environments such as construction sites. It's water-resistant to IPX5/8 and dust resistant to IP6X, and has passed 16 MIL-STD-810G endurance tests set by the U.S. Department of Defense, including wind and rain, drops/shock, hot and cold, and salt spray.
As a result, the body design is quite rugged, with large corner bumpers. That said, it boasts a sturdy design that doesn't break easily.
The DuraForce PRO 2 features large dual speakers for outdoor use, especially in noisy environments. It can output up to 106dB, making it easy to hear the voice. The device also uses a noise-reducing feature to convey the voice during calls, so the person on the other end of the line can hear the voice easily.
The buttons are large and easy to use, even if you're wearing gloves. There is also a touch operation mode that allows you to operate the device while wearing gloves, which is a useful feature in a construction site where you need to wear gloves.
The body is waterproof, so it can be washed whole in freshwater. It can also be washed with foam hand soap and body soap, and can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol (99.7% or less) and ethanol (99.5% or less). Not only does it remove mud and dirt, but it also helps to prevent viruses.
The earphone jack and the USB port (Type-C) are capped for water resistance, so you'll need to remove the cap to charge the device with a USB cable. However, they also support wireless charging (Qi), so if you have a Qi-enabled charging station, you can charge the phone by simply putting it down without removing the cap.
It's not just for business use on construction sites, but is also perfect for personal use as a hobby, such as outdoors. For example, the camera features an Action Overlay mode. This is a function that displays data such as speed, elapsed time, altitude, distance, and route on a graph when taking photos and videos. By attaching the phone to a bicycle or other vehicle and shooting video, you can easily create a video like a sports program.
It also has an "underwater mode" that makes it easy to shoot in water. While most waterproof smartphones malfunction when water comes in contact with the display, the DuraForce PRO 2 can be used in underwater mode, which disables the touch controls on the display and allows you to use the camera app with the buttons on the body of the phone without any malfunction. Combined with the Action Overlay mode, it would be fun to use it as an action cam with smartphone functionality.
The DuraForce PRO 2 features a 5-inch (1080 x 1920 pixels) TFT LCD panel display. It has a Snapdragon 630 processor, 4GB of memory, and 64GB of internal storage. It can also use a microSD card, with support for up to 512GB. The so-called mid-range specs are tougher for processing-heavy 3D games, but that's not what we're expecting from this model, so that's enough.
There are dual cameras on the back, a 13MP main camera, and an 8MP super wide-view camera. The in-camera is 5 megapixels. The battery capacity is approximately 3240mAh. It has a body size of approximately 73.4 (W) x 13.6 (D) x 150.2 (H) mm and weighs about 235 grams.
The mobile communication is only 4G, not 5G. It has a single SIM specification and the size of the supported SIM is nanoSIM. It also supports other communication features such as Wi-Fi 5 and NFC, and is running Android 9, with an update to Android 10 planned.
The DuraForce PRO 2 is the perfect model for users who want a truly ruggedized and tough smartphone to be an active partner for both business and private activities.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.