It seems that Sprint will soon have a new ruggedized headset to offer, as the Kyocera Torque now only needs U.S. regulatory approval from the FCC before it can hit store shelves. Normally, rugged phones are designed with one thing in mind only: toughness.
However, the Kyocera Torque aims to break the mold by also offering 4G LTE capability.
This makes the Torque among the first ruggedized smartphones to be released with 4G LTE capability. As it is a Sprint phone, however, customers still can't expect the same level of LTE coverage as competitors like Verizon, but Sprint is still working on improving this.
Otherwise, the Kyocera Torque is something of a mystery specs-wise, but according to the FCC filing, the smartphone will feature LTE, NFC and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi radios. It's also known that the Torque will feature front and rear-facing cameras, both of unknown resolution, with LED flash.
Judging based on what is typical for ruggedized phones, it's likely the Torque will sport a single-core processor, but considering it will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, it's possible this phone might sport a dual-core chip.
It looks like we'll have to take the wait and see approach either way for the Torque, which has a Sprint model number of E6710, as pricing and availability information are both unknown as well at the moment.
That said, Sprint will have plenty of opportunities to announce the Torque — at Mobile World Congress or the CTIA Spring show, for example.
After all, at last year's CTIA Wireless 2012 trade show, Kyocera debuted two new Android smartphones: the waterproof Kyocera Hydro and the Kyocera Rise, a device with a full QWERTY keyboard.
Kyocera is also a well-known manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules. The company recently stated that its Americas-based manufacturing facilities have produced over two million PV solar modules.
Edited by Braden Becker