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KYOCERA Launches ‘TORQUE G02,’ World’s First Smartphone Featuring Seawater Resistance

Featuring durability and practical functions useful in various settings

May 21, 2015
(This product is only available to the Japanese market.)

Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi) today announced the launch of the new TORQUE G02 smartphone for KDDI Corporation (KDDI) — the world’s first*1 smartphone with resistance against seawater*2, enabling use undersea.

Photo: TORQUE G02 (from left) in green, red and black color variations
TORQUE G02 (from left) in green, red and black color variations

Model TORQUE G02
Colors Green, red, black
Sales Companies KDDI Corporation, Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company (Japan only)

The new TORQUE G02 possesses high durability, certified to the United States Military Standard (MIL-STD-810G) in 19 categories in addition to Kyocera’s proprietary standard in two categories. It can be operated in seawater and the phone’s camera can be used underwater*3. Furthermore, because the handset is equipped with sensor-based apps useful for ocean or mountain settings, it supports use in various outdoor environments.

Ensuring security with ultra-rugged features and equipped with practical functions useful in various settings, TORQUE G02 is available in green, red and black. Launched for the Japanese market, the product is part of KDDI’s new lineup announced on May 14.

Main Features

1. Enhanced durability with resistance to seawater
With advanced rugged features, the new handset is the world’s first smartphone allowing use undersea in addition to various outdoor environments. The approximately 13-megapixel back-illuminated camera with ISP automatically switches to underwater mode when submerged, in water, enabling users to easily enjoy underwater photography*3.
Photo: Main Features

21 categories of durability testing*4
The handset is compliant with a total of 21 certifications for ruggedization, including 19 categories in MIL-STD-810G tests and 2 categories from Kyocera’s proprietary tests.
1 Water resistance Blowing rain 8 Insolation resistance 15 Low- pressure compatibility Low-pressure operation
2 Immersion 9 Humidity resistance 16 Low-pressure storage
3 Raindrops 10 Temperature durability

High-temperature operation

17 Saltwater durability
4 Dust resistance 11

High-temperature storage

18 Freeze-thaw resistance (new) Freezing-thawing
5 Shock resistance Drop 12

Low-temperature operation

19 Icing
6 Shock 13

Low-temperature storage

20 Seawater resistance
(new proprietary test)
7 Vibration resistance 14

Temperature shock

21 Withstand load
(new proprietary test)

2. Sensor-based apps useful in outdoor environments
In response to expanding use of smartphones in challenging outdoor settings, TORQUE G02 is equipped with sensor-based apps that provide information suitable for different outdoor environments. The handset’s durability and practical apps enable use with greater confidence.
Surfing and fishing Hiking and Climbing Running and Walking Camping
Obtains high-precision waveform data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States. Users can check conditions of surfing points utilizing the "NAMI-ARU?" (Is there a wave?) app. The “YAMAP” app obtains data on climbing routes and current location. Freeze-resistant and durable to low temperatures. Operates even in areas without cellular service utilizing GPS. Detects the user’s daily exercise. Linked with a pressure sensor, the “Daily Step®” app enables users to check footstep counts and calorie consumption. Allows use in low-pressure environments at high altitude. Equipped with the “Sky View®” app with which users can check constellations by holding the device up to the night sky.
Photo: Main Features Photo: Main Features Photo: Main Features Photo: Main Features

3. Practical functions
1) Display
Users can operate the smartphone easily even when the screen is wet or when wearing gloves. Furthermore, the display utilizes Dragontrail® X glass with high strength against drops, as well as IGZO to realize high-definition and energy conservation.
* Operation cannot be guaranteed with all types of gloves. Precision varies according to each individual case.
* There are cases in which operation is difficult depending on the type of gloves.
If the handset is wet, the screen cannot be operated with gloves.


2) Smart Sonic Receiver®
TORQUE G02 is equipped with Kyocera's proprietary technology in which the whole display vibrates to transmit sound from the other party using both sound waves and vibrations. Furthermore, by pressing the whole screen against your ear to create a cover, it is easier to hear in crowded and noisy environments.

3) Easy-to-use functions
Two front-facing speakers generate volume at over 100dB (3kHz) allowing users to enjoy music even outdoors. A large, easy-to-press button on the side can be used for receiving calls, starting frequently-used applications or changing widgets on the start screen.
Photo: Main Features

Photo: Main Features
Large, programmable side button

Specifications

Colors Green, red, black
Size (W×H×D) / Weight Approx. 72×147×14.2mm (Provisional) /
Undergoing measurement
Battery 2,910mAh (supports wireless charging)
Charging Time Undergoing measurement
Continuous Call Time /
Continuous Standby Time
Undergoing measurement
Operating System Android™5.1 (Lollipop)
Memory Internal memory: 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM
External memory: microSD™, microSDHC™, microSDXC™ (up to 128GB)

Compatible Communication Standard

4G LTE (supports carrier aggregation) / WiMAX2+
Maximum Communication Speed Reception: 150Mbps
Transmission: 25Mbps
Display Approx. 4.7-inch HD IGZO
Cameras Main camera: 13-megapixel CMOS
Front-facing camera: 5-megapixel CMOS
WiFi® / Bluetooth® Wi-Fi®: IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth®: Ver.4.1
Other external devices: Stereo earphone jack

*1 World’s first smartphone available in the market with resistance to seawater. Based on research by NEO MARKETING INC. (as of March 31, 2015).
*2 Resists immersion in seawater for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to 1.5 meters at normal temperature and hydrostatic condition (artificial seawater modeled on composition off the Japan coast). Cannot be guaranteed for all types of seawater.
*3 Use in water up to 1.5m deep for up to 30 minutes.
*4 Rated for MIL-STD-810G in the following 19 categories: Blowing rain of 1.7mm/min for 30 minutes in six directions; Immersion in water for 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5m; Rain drops from a height of 1m (15 minutes); Dust for six consecutive hours (wind speed of 8.9m/sec, concentration of 10.6g/m3); Dropping on plywood (lauan lumber) from a height of approx. 1.5m in 26 directions; Shock of 40G imparted three times from six directions with the terminal attached to the shock tester; Vibration for three hours (one hour/20-2,000Hz in three directions); Solar radiation for 10 days with exposure to radiation of 1,120W/m2 for 20 consecutive hours each day; Humidity for 10 days in a row (humidity of 95%); High temperature—three consecutive hours of operation at 50℃ and four consecutive hours of storage at 60℃ for four hours; Low temperature - three consecutive hours of operation at -21℃ and four consecutive hours of storage at -30℃; Temperature shock with rapid temperature changes between -21 and 50℃ for three consecutive hours; Low pressure (operation/storage) for two consecutive hours (equivalent to 57.2kPa / an altitude of approx. 4,572m); Salt fog - exposure to salt fog of 5% salinity for 24 consecutive hours and drying for 24 hours; Freeze-thaw in which a condensation or fog is created at -10℃ for one hour following an operation check at 25℃ at 95%RH; Icing/Freezing Rain in which cooling water is frozen at -10℃ into ice with a thickness of 6mm.
The product’s features were confirmed based on the above test conditions; full operation cannot be guaranteed under actual conditions. Furthermore, there is no guarantee against damage and failure.
Waterproof / Dust resistance: Ensure that caps are securely fixed and attached. Do not submerge in hot springs. Do not place on sandy areas such as beaches. IPX5 refers to resistance to water projected at all angles through a 6.3mm nozzle at a flow rate of 12.5 liters/min for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters. IPX8 refers to resistance to immersion in water for 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters. IP6X refers to resistance against dust particles for testing under 75μm.
Seawater resistance: Immersion in seawater for 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters at normal temperature and hydrostatic condition (artificial seawater modeled on composition off the Japanese coast). Use under depth of 1.5m. Do not use for 30 minutes or more.
Withstand load: Resistance to a surface load of 100kgf applied evenly to the overall body.

Displays shown in the images are examples and may differ from actual displays. Call duration and standby time may differ depending on communication environments and usage methods. “TORQUE (logo)”, “Smart Sonic Receiver” and “Daily Step” are registered trademarks of Kyocera Corporation in Japan. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Google, Android, Google Play and other marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Bluetooth® and the Bluetooth logo are trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. for which Kyocera has been granted permission to use. Terminal Eleven, Terminal Eleven (logo) and Sky View are trademarks of Terminal Eleven LLC. registered in the United States. microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC. Dragontrail® and its symbol mark are trademarks of Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. All company, system, and product names listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holders.