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KYOCERA Launches K012 “Simple Mobile Phone” with New Enhanced Audio Functions

May 15, 2012

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

Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) today announced the launch of the K012 Simple Mobile Phone equipped with new functions for enhanced audibility including the Smart Sonic Receiver technology which transmits clear voice quality to the user directly through vibrations in the handset’s display screen.

Kyocera has developed the Simple Mobile Phone series based on requests by customers for phones that are easier to use, with a focus on both usability and abundant functions. The launch of the K012 is the latest in the series, and comes with further evolved audio functions and an even higher level of usability.

The K012 is part of KDDI Corporation's new handset lineup, launched on May 15.

Photo: Kyocera K012 Simple Mobile Phone (left to right): Gold, White, Pink and Navy
Kyocera K012 Simple Mobile Phone (left to right): Gold, White, Pink and Navy

Model Number

K012 Simple Mobile Phone


To be determined by retailer


Gold, White, Pink, Navy

Sales Companies

KDDI Corporation, Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company (Japan only)


1. Enhanced audibility
Smart Sonic Receiver is a new function which creates vibrations along a wide area of the display screen which in turn transmits clear voice quality to the user. 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*1. The K012 also comes with other functions which allow the user to adjust audio settings to enhance voice quality.

Photo: Enhanced audibility
2. Ease of use
For even further ease of use, the K012 has a keypad design which is highly visible and easy to operate with illuminated color coordinated keys that match command options on the screen. The handset also comes equipped with a pedometer, 5-megapixel camera, and waterproof / dirt-resistant functions*2.
Photo: Ease of use


Size (W×H×D)

Approx. 50×109×17.2mm (thickest portion: 21.0mm)


Approx. 126g (battery included)


Main display: Approx. 3.0-inch WQVGA IPS
Sub display: Approx. 1.4-inch monochrome LCD


5.15 megapixel CMOS with auto-focus

Data Folder

Approx. 100 MB (or 1,000 items)

External Memory

microSD™ / microSDHC™ memory card, up to 32GB (sold separately)

*1 Ease of hearing varies by individual. Depending on conditions of surrounding area, ease of hearing may vary.
*2 Waterproof function equivalent to IPX5/IPX7. Dirt-resistant function equivalent to IP5X.

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