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KYOCERA to Start Supplying Smartphones to SAMART I-MOBILE for Sales in Thailand

April 10, 2014
Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi) today announced that it will start supplying a new model of smartphone based on its DIGNO® M (currently sold in Japan) to Samart I-Mobile (President: Thananan Vilailuck) — a major mobile phone sales company in Thailand. While designed and manufactured by Kyocera, the phone will carry I-Mobile’s high-tier “IQX” brand and be called the I-Mobile IQX KEN. Sales are planned to begin in April.

Photo:IQX KEN
IQX KEN
Model IQX KEN
Manufacturer Kyocera Corporation
Sales company Samart I-Mobile Public Company Limited
Market Thailand
Price To be determined by retailer
Color White
Availability Pre-sales to start from April 2014 (planned)

Kyocera’s DIGNO M Android™ smartphone was first launched by au in 2013 in Japan. The handset possesses a large 5-inch display screen and high-volume battery all in the lightest weight*1 — at just 134 grams — with waterproof features. It also comes equipped with Kyocera’s award-winning proprietary Smart Sonic Receiver® sound technology. Moreover, a smooth, curved back that tapers off to edges with a slim profile of just 3mm this smartphone has an elegant design which in January was awarded the internationally renowned “iF design award 2014.”

“We are proud to partner with Kyocera, a leading Japanese manufacturer of the highest quality handsets. Through the new value created in this global collaboration and synergy, we will be able to further enhance the I-Mobile brand,” stated I-Mobile’s Ditaphon Chantraurai (VP Product) in regards to the launch of the new product. “We are very glad to be the first company in the international market to offer our customers the IQX KEN smartphone, backed by the ‘made in Japan’ reputation, and offering significant features such as 4G LTE service, a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, waterproof capabilities and the proprietary Smart Sonic Receiver technology.”

The IQX KEN will be sold as an ‘unlocked’ handset where users can use their own SIM cards, with the handset capable of working on the various networks on which telecommunications carriers in Thailand operate, including GSM, W-CDMA and LTE.

Kyocera has focused its telecommunications equipment business mainly in Japan and the U.S., but is now aiming to expand globally, seeking to provide its high-quality handsets in a larger number of countries around the world.


Specifications

Size (W×H×D) 69×138×9.9mm
Weight 134g
Operating System Android™ 4.2.2
CPU MSM8974 2.2GHz quad-core
Display 5-inch Full HD TFT LCD
Main Camera 13-megapixel CMOS (facial recognition, auto focus, anti-blurring features)
Front-Facing Camera 1.2-megapixel CMOS
Battery 2,600mAh
Internal Memory 2GB RAM; 32GB ROM
External Memory microSDXCTM (64GB max) support
Water Resistance IPX5 / IPX8
Dust Resistance IP5X
LTETM 4G LTE (150Mbps max)
Global Roaming LTE, GSM, UMTS
WiFi® IEEE802.11b/g/n/a/ac Wi-Fi® Direct
Tethering Supported
Bluetooth® Bluetooth® ver4.0 +EDR
Original Features Smart Sonic Receiver, etc.

*1 Lightest weight smartphone in Japan for a model with at least a 2,600mAh battery, 5-inch screen and waterproof capabilities. As of October 23, 2013. Based on research by Kyocera.

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.
IP5X: Protected against dust particles less than 75μm.

“DIGNO” and “Smart Sonic Receiver” are registered trademarks of Kyocera Corporation in Japan. “4G LTE” is the term for referring to LTE as 4G, set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). LTE speeds are based on technological specifications and may not represent actual usage speeds. Speeds may diminish based on usage environment. In areas capable of receiving 150Mbps downlink speeds, maximum uplink speed is 12Mbps. Android is a trademark or registered trademark of Google Inc. LTE is a registered trademark of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Anti-blurring photo functions utilize Morpho, Inc.’s “PhotoSolid.” “PhotoSolid” is a registered trademark of Morpho, Inc. Auto focus camera functions utilize Morpho, Inc.’s “Morpho Defocus.” “Morpho Defocus” is a registered trademark of Morpho, Inc. Noise reduction functions utilize Morpho, Inc.’s “Morpho Denoiser.” “Morpho Denoiser” is a registered trademark of Morpho, Inc. “Bluetooth” and the Bluetooth logo are trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Kyocera has been granted permission to use the trademarks herein. “microSDXC” is a trademark of SD-3C, LLC. All company, system, and product names listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holders.