Kyocera DuraForce Pro is the first rugged smartphone with a built-in action cam

The “North American leader in rugged mobile solutions” is not one to adopt fancy new technologies and gimmicky features just because they’re trendy and everyone does it, so we probably should have expected a unique marketing angle and practical use case for the dual camera recently rendered on the back of the Kyocera DuraForce Pro.

Indeed, the compact 5-inch sequel to last year’s far too large 5.7-inch DuraForce XD is now official with a one-of-a-kind “Super Wide View HD Action Camera” in tow alongside a more conventional 13MP main rear snapper and 5MP selfie shooter.

“No matter the circumstances or environment”, Kyocera claims, the GoPro-rivaling 1080p cam unusually integrated into the muscular body of the Android mid-ranger will enable users to “capture the content they love.” Including underwater. And with a special sports mode, slow motion capabilities, time-lapse, and other dedicated “camera filters/applications.”

Trio of snappers notwithstanding, the Kyocera DuraForce Pro looks like a fairly standard, robust and respectable ruggedized handheld, protected against liquids, dust, shocks and drops, focused on security as much as productivity, targeting both business users and mainstream consumers, fingerprint recognition included.

The display is Full HD, a 3,420 mAh battery promises to keep the lights on and on, and you also get a Snapdragon 617 SoC, 2GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage, Marshmallow goodies, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.2. No words on pricing, release dates or even supporting carriers yet.

Sources: Business Wire, Engadget

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