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KYOCERA Launches New Ultra-Rugged “TORQUE G01” in Japan

First smartphone for “au” carrier to be certified Military Standard 810G in 11 categories

May 8, 2014
(This product is only available to the Japanese market.)

Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi) today announced the launch of the new TORQUE G01 smartphone ― the first ultra-rugged smartphone for au*1 to be certified with the United States Military Standard (MIL-STD-810G) in 11 categories*2. This model is the second in the Torque series and builds on Kyocera’s strength in ruggedized, waterproof handsets.

The TORQUE G01 possesses high durability*3 against water immersion, dust, shock, salt fog and humidity, among others ― making it ideal for use in not only everyday life but also in harsh outdoor environments and extreme work conditions.

Kyocera TORQUE G01 in red (left and center) and black (right)
Kyocera TORQUE G01 in red (left and center) and black (right)

The new handset also comes equipped with a touchscreen panel that allows for operation even when the screen is wet or the user is wearing non-specialized gloves, and a one-touch button to answer incoming calls. Furthermore the TORQUE G01 comes with Kyocera’s proprietary Smart Sonic Receiver® technology which allows for clear sound reception even in noisy environments, as well as two high-volume (>100db) speakers to allow for hands-free calling. The handset also supports wireless battery charging (charging station sold separately). The handset design incorporates urethane parts that provide impact shock resistance while also allowing for a steady grip.

This handset comes in red or black and is part of the new KDDI lineup announced on May 8.

Model TORQUE G01
Price To be determined by retailer
Color Red, Black
Sales company KDDI Corporation, Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company (Japan only)

Ever since launching its first highly durable phone in the U.S. in 2003, Kyocera has been developing technology to enhance mobile phone durability. In 2013, Kyocera launched the first TORQUE® smartphone in the U.S., garnering much attention and praise, and showing there is real world demand for ruggedized features in mobile phones. The TORQUE G01 builds on this experience, providing the durability that gives users peace-of-mind in a wide range of scenarios in a stylish, attractive device.

Size (W×H×D) Approx. 69×136×13.5mm (provisional)
Weight Approx. 185g (provisional)
Operating System Android™ 4.4 (Kit Kat)
Display 4.5-inch HD IPS LCD
Main Camera 8-megapixel CMOS
Front-Facing Camera 2-megapixel CMOS
Battery 3,000mAh
Internal Memory 2GB RAM; 16GB ROM
External Memory microSD™, microSDHC™, microSDXC™ support

*1 The first smartphone sold by au to possess 11 different MIL-STD-810G specifications; as of May 7, 2014. Based on research by Kyocera.
*2 Rated for MIL-STD-810G in the following 11 categories: Dust, Shock, Vibration, High temperature, Low temperature, Blowing rain, Low pressure, Solar radiation, Salt fog, Humidity, Immersion. The product passed the test conditions for the above categories; full operation cannot be guaranteed under actual conditions. Furthermore, there is no guarantee against damage.
*3 Durability:
Please note that ruggedized features are designed to protect against impact shock encountered in daily life, and may not protect against damage if purposely thrown or subject to abnormal impacts. Even if the phone’s features remain unaffected, cosmetic damage may occur after dropping.
Waterproof / Dust resistance:
IPX5: 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: Immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters.
IP6X: Protected against dust particles less than 75μm.

“TORQUE” is a registered trademark of Kyocera Communications, Inc. in the U.S.A. “Smart Sonic Receiver” is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation in Japan. Android is a trademark or registered trademark of Google Inc. “microSD”, “microSDHC” and “microSDXC” are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. “Bluetooth” and the Bluetooth logo are trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Kyocera has been granted permission to use the trademarks herein. All company, system, and product names listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holders.