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KYOCERA Introduces URBANO PROGRESSO, World’s First Smartphone to Transmit Clear Voice Reception via Vibration of Display Screen

Kyocera’s proprietary ‘Smart Sonic Receiver’ technology implemented in sophisticated handset design for the Japan market

May 15, 2012

(This product is only available to the Japanese market.)

Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) today announced the release of the URBANO PROGRESSO, the world’s first smartphone*1 to be equipped with Smart Sonic Receiver technology which transmits clear voice quality to the user directly through vibrations in the handset’s display screen — a technology co-developed by Kyocera and KDDI Corporation, based on Kyocera’s proprietary advanced ceramic technology.

The new model is part of Kyocera’s DIGNO®-branded smartphone series, complete with various features including a stylish and sophisticated design using a metallic shell; 4.0-inch OLED “Luminous Display®"; compatibility with WiMAX™ high-speed Internet service; and connection with up to eight devices via Wi-Fi® tethering.

Available in three color variations, the new phone is part of KDDI Corporation’s new handset lineup announced on May 15.

Photo: Kyocera URBANO PROGRESSO (from left) in orange, silver and pink
Kyocera URBANO PROGRESSO (from left) in orange, silver and pink

Price To be determined by retailer
Colors Orange, Silver, Pink
Sales Companies KDDI Corporation, Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company (Japan only)

Smart Sonic Receiver
1. Smart Sonic Receiver uses display screen vibrations to transmit audio
Smart Sonic Receiver is a new function which uses a piezo-electric actuator to create vibrations along a wide area of the display screen which in turn transmits clear voice quality to the user. This is the first smartphone in the world to be equipped with this function.

Photo: Smart Sonic Receiver
2. Audible voice clarity from a wide area of the screen
As the vibrations cover a wide area of the screen, the user is able to hear clear voice quality regardless of where their ear is placed. Furthermore, by pressing the whole screen against your ear to create a cover, it is easier to hear in crowded and noisy environments*2.


1. 1. Luminous Display® (High-definition 4.0-inch OLED)
The display screen possesses brilliant visual characteristics including high-definition, vibrant color reproduction, high contrast, excellent video expression, and a wide viewing angle — which allow the user to enjoy a richer visual experience with beautiful images and clear text. Moreover, the display surface is made of high-strength glass which is highly scratch resistant.

High-definition 4.0-inch OLED Luminous Display
2. All-in-one phone with WiMAX compatibility
All-in-one phone with WiMAX compatibilityThe URBANO PROGRESSO is compatible with WiMAX high-speed Internet service with speeds of up to 40 Mbps (down) and 15.4 Mbps (up)*3, and also features a tethering function to connect up to eight Wi-Fi compatible devices, allowing the user to view full Web pages, send large files, stream video and download with ease whether indoors or out. Furthermore, the URBANO PROGRESSO answers the demand for an all-in-one style smartphone replete with various features including a flash-equipped 8.1-megapixel camera to allow the user to take photos even in dim environments, and waterproof / dirt-resistant functions*4. All these features are packed into a stylish and sophisticated product design.


Size (W×H×D) 64×125×10.8mm (thickest part: 11.3mm)
Weight (battery included) Approx. 139g
Talk Time / Standby Time Approx. 530 minutes / Approx. 360 hours (excluding Wi-Fi/WiMAX usage)
Operating System AndroidTM 4.0
Internal Memory(ROM) 4GB
External Memory microSDTM /microSDHCTM memory card, up to 32GB
Display Approx. 4.0 inch WVGA OLED
Main Camera Approx. 8.08-megapixel with auto-focus and anti-blurring functions
Front-Facing Camera Approx. 0.32-megapixel CMOS

*1 First in the world for a smartphone (including Android™, iOS, Windows® Phone OS, Windows® 7, Windows Mobile®, BlackBerry®OS, SymbianOS). Based on research by NEO Marketing; as of April 25, 2012.
*2 Ease of hearing varies by individual. Depending on conditions of surrounding area, ease of hearing may vary.
*3 Data transmission speeds are on a best-effort basis and may be slower even where service is available depending on network environment and congestion.
*4 Waterproof properties equivalent to IPX5 and IPX7. Dirt-resistant function equivalent to IP5X.

The information herein may change without prior notice depending on changes to KDDI Group systems. DIGNO is a trademark or registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation in Japan, the United States and other countries. Luminous Display is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation in Japan. microSD and microSDHC are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC. WiMAX is a trademark of the WiMAX Forum. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. The Google logo and Android are trademarks of Google Inc. BlackBerry is a trademark of Research In Motion Limited registered and/or used in the United States and other countries. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All company, system, and product names listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holder.