Once in a while, we do come across a tough looking handset that belongs to the rugged family, and Sprint takes the mantle this time around with the Android-powered Kyocera Torque smartphone. There is a saving grace for modern day rugged smartphones, as they come in a far more pleasing form factor compared to the devices of yesteryear. Well, the Kyocera Torque will offer LTE support while carrying a Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset with dual-core 1.2 GHz Krait CPU, 1GB RAM, a 5-megapixel shooter at the back and a 1.3-megapixel camera in front.

It will not feature the latest Android operating system though, relying instead on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to help you get around. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, and you can further expand on its mobile storage capability by throwing in a microSD memory card. Being IP67 certified and is built to Military Standard 810G, it can remain underwater (up to 1m deep) for 30 minutes, and shrugs off drops from four feet, while being able to withstand heavy dust and exposure to salt fog, 95% humidity, solar radiation exposure, low pressures up to 4572 meters, etc. There is no word on pricing or availability on the Kyocera Torque as at press time.

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