By Stephen Schenck | April 22, 2011 1:06 AM
Casio’s G’zOne Commando is set to continue the tradition of ruggedized smartphones with a Gorilla Glass display and water, shock, and dust resistance. We last saw the phone in a leaked Verizon lineup, where it was purported to be in line for an April 7 release. We’re still waiting for the Android smartphone to arrive, but it’s looking like the release is nearly upon us, as one of our tipsters has leaked some Commando Verizon marketing materials, readying retailers for the phone’s debut.
Besides the tough (albeit chunky-looking) exterior, Verizon is playing up the phone’s reliability when it comes to battery life. Compared to other ruggedized models, the Commando doesn’t quite lead the pack for standby time, but it should deliver well over seven hours of talk time on a full charge.
The G’zOne Commando will feature an 800MHz processor with a solid 512MB of RAM, 3.6-inch 480 x 800 WVGA screen, and a five-megapixel rear camera. It will ship running Android Froyo (no word on if/when a Gingerbread update is planned to arrive). Included G’zGEAR software offers functionality befitting the phone’s rugged construction, with tools for outdoor enthusiasts, like a thermometer, pedometer, and digital compass.
Among the smartphones Verizon compares the Commando against in these materials is the Samsung Gem. We’ve been wondering just when Verizon is going to get around to releasing the beleaguered Android, which has been on the precipice of release since last year. Its inclusion here could mean that the carrier is finally getting serious about starting Gem sales.