Kyocera DuraForce Pro has a wide-angle camera to record your next beach trip

Cheaper than a GoPro and more durable than a regular phone, Kyocera's rugged DuraForce Pro features a 135-degree camera lens.

Lynn La Senior Editor / Reviews - Phones
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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The handset also has a fingerprint reader, Android Marshmallow and a 5-inch display.


Editors' Note: This piece has been updated on August 31, 2016 with carrier and pricing information.

The newly announced DuraForce Pro is unique to Kyocera in one big way: It has three cameras. In addition to the front-facing shooter, the back has a 13- and 5-megapixel camera. And while the former features a standard lens, the 5-megapixel rear camera is an "action camera," which has a wider 135-degree lens and can record 1,920x1,080-pixel video.

Given that the device also features a durable construction that is dust, shock and waterproof, the camera is especially handy for recording water-friendly activities like swimming, surfing, and boating. Just make sure it's submerged for less than 30 minutes in up to 6.5 feet (2m) of water. (For other splash-proof phones, check out our roundup of water resistant handsets).

Beyond its cameras and durability, the DuraForce Pro has a power button that doubles as a fingerprint reader for extra user security and Android Pay. Its 5-inch display has a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution and its left edge houses a programmable push-to-talk button.

The Android Marshmallow handset is powered by a 1.5GHz eight-core Snapdragon processor and a non-removable 3,240mAh battery that features QuickCharge 2.0 technology from Qualcomm. Other features include dual front-facing speakers, 32GB of internal storage (with the option to expand up to 256GB with a microSD card) and 2GB of RAM.

The DuraForce Pro is available in the US on August 31 at AT&T for $419 (or about £319 and AU$557). That's considerably less than Samsung's leading durable handset, the Galaxy S7 Active, which costs $795 on US carrier AT&T (that converts to about £610 and AU$1,040).

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