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KYOCERA Launches Ultra-Tough TORQUE X01 Feature Phone

Rugged flip phone passed 18 categories of Military Standard 810G durability testing as well as a 1.8-meter drop test onto a steel plate and concrete

February 23, 2017
Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi) announced the release of TORQUE® X01, a rugged feature phone for Japanese service provider KDDI Corporation. The TORQUE X01 is the latest in Kyocera’s international portfolio of rugged devices. Offering ultimate toughness*1, the 4G LTE™ device is compliant with 18 categories of Military Standard 810G durability testing, as defined by the United States Department of Defense. It is also certified as IPX5/IPX8 waterproof*2 and IP6X dustproof*3, and has additionally passed a proprietary Kyocera drop test from a height of 1.8 meters onto a steel plate and concrete*4.

With a special app for outdoor activities and jobsites, the new flip phone allows users to easily check important outdoor information such as the weather, temperature, altitude and barometric pressure. The phone makes this information available via its external display or by audio notifications at scheduled times.

The handset is also equipped with a 3.4-inch FWVGA liquid crystal display, allowing viewing even under direct sunlight, dual front-facing speakers with high volume for audio clarity outdoors, a 13-megapixel camera with HD video recording and Phase Detection AF for quick focusing, and large embossed touch keys that can be operated with ease even when wearing gloves. Far from a “dumb” feature phone, it also supports Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g/n), offers an expandable memory card slot (up to 32GB) and includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.1GHz quad-core processor. The product will be available starting this month in Japan, and will be offered in two colors: Silver and Red.

Photo: TORQUE X01 Photo: Kyocera’s TORQUE X01 (from left: Silver, Red)
Kyocera’s TORQUE X01 (from left: Silver, Red)

Model TORQUE X01
Price Open price
Color Silver, Red
Sales Company KDDI Corporation, Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company (Japan only)

Main Features

1. High reliability proven through durability testing and Kyocera’s proprietary drop test
The TORQUE X01 passed testing in 18 categories of Military Standard 810G, including protection from water, dust, drops, extreme temperatures and more. Beyond this testing, it also passed Kyocera’s proprietary drop test from 1.8m at 26 angles onto a steel plate and concrete. Taken together, this rugged profile offers users peace of mind whether working or playing outdoors.

18 categories of Military Standard 810G durability testing
1 Water resistance Blowing rain 7 Temperature durability High-temperature operation 13 Freeze-thaw resistance Icing & low-temperature rain
2 Immersion 8 High-temperature storage 14 Freezing-thawing
3 Raindrops 9 Low-temperature operation 15 Humidity resistance
4 Dust resistance 10 Low-temperature storage 16 Insolation resistance
5 Shock resistance Drop 11 Temperature shock 17 Low- pressure compatibility Low-pressure operation
6 Shock 12 Vibration resistance 18 Low-pressure storage

2. Convenient apps for outdoor use
The new handset is equipped with a variety of sensor-based apps, which provide userful outdoor information such as the weather, barometric pressure and temperature. The information can also be displayed on the phone’s external display. The phone also offers a built-in pedometer for activity tracking.

Photo: Convenient apps for outdoor use
*Figures are rough indications. Images are only for illustrative purposes.

3. Display enabling easy viewing under direct sunlight and touch keys allowing operation even when wearing gloves
The phone has a brightness adjustment feature for outdoor use and a display that suppresses diffused reflection of light for improved visibility. The display can be easily viewed even under direct sunlight or in places with bright snow reflection. Furthermore, the phone’s large, embossed keys can be easily operated even when wearing gloves.
Photo: Display enabling easy viewing under direct sunlight and touch keys allowing operation even when wearing gloves

4. Dual high-volume, front-facing speakers and approx. 13-megapixel camera
With a speaker volume of 100dB, users can easily hear even on windy days or around high ambient noise. The front-facing speakers are designed to maintain their high volume even when the handset is folded. Furthermore, the handset’s 13-megapixel camera with HD video recording and Phase Detection AF for quick focusing allows users to take quick, clear photos and videos without missing important moments.
Photo: Dual high-volume, front-facing speakers and approx. 13-megapixel camera

5. Other useful outdoor functions
1) Audio notifications with outdoor information
The handset reads out information relevant to outdoor activities (e.g., temperature, barometric pressure, etc.). These notifications can be scheduled for 30 minute intervals.

2) Notification on reception availability
The phone can be programmed to provide audio notifications when entering and leaving 4G LTE service areas.
*Battery life may be reduced depending on the usage environment or conditions.

3) Simple light
The phone is equipped with a flashlight feature that can also be set to blink to signal the user’s location in dark settings. A brightness setting adjusts the intensity of the light and users can also change the lighting time settings.

4) Outdoor audio signals
For outdoor enthusiasts, the phone offers a loud “buzzer” to indicate emergencies, a “whistle” to indicate your location to others, and a “bear bell” to provide ongoing notification of the users presence and location.

*1 au’s first mobile phone complying with procurement standards of the United States Department of Defense (MIL-STD-810G) in 18 categories (as of December 20, 2016, based on research by Kyocera.) For details, please check au’s website. Does not guarantee that the phone is breakage-free.
*2 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 tap water at ordinary temperature (static water) for 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters.
*3 IP6X refers to protection against dust particles less than 75┬Ám entering into the handset.
*4 Kyocera’s proprietary drop test was undertaken in compliance with the United States Department of Defense MIL-STD-810G Method 516.7 Shock-Procedure IV. Cannot be guaranteed against all types of shocks.

MIL-STD-810G rated in the following 18 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); Sand and 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. 1.22m in 26 directions; Shock of 40G imparted three times from six directions with a unit 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 (operation/storage); three consecutive hours at 50°C for operation and four consecutive hours at 60°C for storage; Low temperature (operation/storage); three consecutive hours at -21°C for operation and four consecutive hours at -30°C for storage; Temperature shock with rapid temperature changes between -21 and 50°C for three consecutive hours; Low pressure (operation/storage) for two consecutive hours (equivalent to 57.2kPa / an altitude of approx. 4,572m); Freeze-thaw in which a condensation or fog is created at -10°C for one hour following an operation check at 25°C at 95%RH; Icing/Freezing Rain in which cooling water is frozen at -10°C 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.

Notes on Usage: Make sure that the external connection terminal cover and battery cover are firmly closed. Do not immerse the product in water with soap, detergent, or bath powders in it. Do not immerse the product in a hot spring bath. Do not leave the product in a bathing area, kitchen, or other humid places for an extended period of time. Do not place the product directly on the sand at a beach, etc. as they may enter the mouthpiece (microphone), speaker, etc., causing the volume to decrease or causing overheating or damage. *If liquid other than water (e.g. detergent, alcohol) contacts the product, immediately rinse it with water. You can wash the product under a mild flow (6 liters or less per minute) of tap water at room temperature (5°C to 35°C) at a distance of about 10 cm from the tap or showerhead. If the product gets dirty, hand wash the product without using a brush, while holding down the external connection terminal cover and battery cover so that they do not open.

“TORQUE” and “TORQUE (logo)” are registered trademarks of Kyocera Corporation in Japan. “4G LTE™” is based on the definition of 4G to include LTE™ by International Telecommunications Unions (ITU). LTE™ is a trademark of ETSI. Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All company, system, and product names listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holders. Please note that product specifications are those announced at the time of the release and subject to change without prior notice.