BARCELONA -- MWC. The device is Kyocera's first phone for Europe., a version of the Kyocera Torque made an appearance here at
Although it has the same name as thethat's available from US carrier Sprint, the phone is more like Verizon's (or and AT&T's ) in terms of specs, and is internally differentiated by the model name s701.
Like many of Kyocera's devices, the Torque is designed to be very hardy. It can be submerged for up to 20 minutes in about 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) of water. It's also dustproof and can survive extreme temperatures. During my brief time with it, I dropped it on a hardwood-lined box from nearly 5 feet up, and the handset remained unbroken and unscathed.
The phone features a 4.5-inch display with a 1,280x720-pixel HD resolution and is sensitive enough to respond to gloved fingers. Unlike the Brigadier, however, the screen is not made out of extra-tough sapphire crystal.
It's powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm and a hefty 3,100mAh non-removable battery. On the back there's an 8-megapixel camera and there's a 2-megapixel shooter in the front.
The Android 4.4 phone will launch first in Germany and France in the spring, although pricing wasn't announced.