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Press Release -- November 13th, 2016
Source: Sprint Nextel


The First Rugged Smartphone with a Built-In Super Wide View HD Action Camera Available Now at Sprint Stores Nationwide and Online

SAN DIEGO – Nov. 11, 2016Kyocera International Inc., the North American leader in rugged mobile solutions, and Sprint today announced the launch of Kyocera’s latest rugged Android™ smartphone—the DuraForce PRO—at Sprint retail stores nationwide and online through the company’s website. The DuraForce PRO is the first rugged 4G LTE smartphone with a built-in Super Wide View HD (1080p) Action Camera. It offers an affordable, durable and dependable smartphone for both business users and consumers and costs only $18 per month over 24 months with installment billing (total SRP of $432.00)1.

The DuraForce PRO is the latest in Kyocera’s leading portfolio of military-grade rugged, waterproof devices. Complementing the phone’s 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera, the phone’s new 135-degree Super Wide View Action Camera offers functionality once reserved for dedicated action-camera devices, including Underwater Mode, and can be integrated with popular action-camera mounting systems.

“Kyocera’s new DuraForce PRO provides Sprint’s customers with industry-leading rugged technologies and features, and, as the only rugged device with a built-in high-definition action camera, it enables users to stay connected and capture the content they love no matter the circumstance or environment,” said Chuck Becher, senior division vice president of sales, marketing and product at Kyocera International’s Communications Equipment Group. “We’re confident that Sprint’s customers will love all the durable features that are synonymous with Kyocera, as well as the affordable price point.”

DuraForce PRO was designed to provide businesses and consumers with a dependable smartphone that can withstand the harshest environments and mishaps, all with the peace of mind of a standard 2-year limited warranty. For an industrious worker, an adventurous thrill-seeker or a parent on the go, DuraForce PRO incorporates cutting-edge technology and features designed to function in life’s most demanding moments. It is equipped with a large 5-inch Full HD display and a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ octa-core processor (1.5GHz x 4/1.2GHz x 4). For added security at work or at play, the phone’s power button also functions as a biometric fingerprint reader to unlock the device.

The phone is shockproof, drop-proof, and dustproof, with certifications to IP68 (waterproof up to 30 minutes, up to 2 meters deep) and Military Standard 810G for protection against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity, immersion, temperature shock and icing/freezing rain. Enabling seamless one-to-one or one-to-many communications, DuraForce PRO also includes a dedicated side button for Sprint’s Direct Connect Push-To-Talk (PTT) services, which can also be programmed by non-PTT users for one-touch access to a favorite feature or application.

For more information about the new Kyocera DuraForce PRO,, or follow the company on Twitter at @kyoceramobile to stay up to date on devices, launches, contests and more. Visit Kyocera’s web site for a full list of device specifications.

Kyocera International Inc.’s Communications Equipment Group (CEG) is the headquarters for Kyocera wireless devices in the Americas. Designed with durability, dependability, and long-term value as priorities, Kyocera mobile phones help people feel comfortable with new technology and use it to connect, perform and outsmart life's challenges. At the heart of Kyocera's products is a belief that one size doesn't fit all and that people should do more with phones instead of being confused by them or having to alter their lifestyles to accommodate them. For more information, follow the company at

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer offine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of mobile phones, electronic components, printers, copiers, solar power generating systems, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2016, the company's net sales totaled 1.48 trillion yen (approx. USD13.1 billion). Kyocera appears on the latest listing of the “Top 100 Global Innovators” by Thomson Reuters, and is ranked #552 on Forbes magazine’s current “Global 2000” list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.

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1 Excludes taxes and service plan charges. If service or installment billing agreement is cancelled early, the remaining payments become due immediately.
1 Global roaming subject to terms and conditions of carrier service agreements.

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