Kyocera Torque official with Sprint 4G LTE and Direct Connect packed into a rugged body

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: January 28, 2013

Sprint Kyocera Torque official

Looks like a new batch of 4G LTE markets isn't the only news that Sprint had up its sleeve this morning. Sprint just officially announced the Kyocera Torque, an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone that features both LTE and Sprint Direct Connect support. One of the Torque's other main features is its rugged frame, which is built to Military Standard 810G to hold up against dust, shock, and temperatures, and it also meets IP67 standards for resistance against spraying water and being immersed in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Here's what the remainder of the Torque's spec sheet looks like:

  • 4-inch 800x480 display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 5-megapixel rear, 1.3-megapixel front cameras
  • 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, microSD card slot
  • Smart Sonic Receiver tech, which uses vibrations to deliver sounds directly to the eardrum for improved voice clarity rather than relying on a regular speaker
  • EcoMode battery management software
  • MaxiMZR software to conserve battery by blocking background data connections for non-essential apps
  • 2,500mAh battery

It's good to see Sprint expanding both its 4G LTE and Direct Connect handset lineups with the Torque. The new handset doesn't have the most bleeding edge specs that we've ever seen, but it certainly looks like a good fit for a customer that wants connectivity features like LTE and push-to-talk built into a device that can take a licking and keep on ticking. Sprint plans to launch the Torque this sprint, but exact release and pricing details will be announced at a later date.

Via Sprint

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