Remember the Casio G'zOne Commando, offered last year through Verizon Wireless? While that particular smartphone wasn't the most powerful device around, it was extremely rugged. Now a new FCC filing indicates that the Commando's successor is making its way over to the United States. While the patent lists the device's name as the Casio C811, this may very well be a variant of the recently unveiled Japanese-market Casio G'zOne Type-L.
The FCC document doesn't give us that much information to go by, but it does state the new phone will have NFC, LTE through the Verizon band 13, and micro-SD. The FCC filing also makes it clear this isn't exactly the same as the Type-L, at least not on the outside. The patent image of the C811 has a rounded top, which differs from the Japanese-bound smartphone's outer-casing.
It is hard to say what kind of hardware the C811 will feature, but we can tell you that the Type-L will powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. Other specs for the new G'zOne smartphone include an 8-megapixel camera, NFC, LTE, a 4-inch IPS display and special resistance capabilities. Besides its strong case design, the phone is also dust-proof and water resistant. According to Casio, the rugged Android device can handle being submerged in water up to 1.5 meters deep, for as long as thirty minutes. Keep in mind that we have no clue whether or not the C811 will have the same specs or something completely different.
Ruggedized phones like the G'zOne series aren't for everyone, but it could be perfect for those that work in fields like construction, the military or even factory settings. For the moment, we know little concrete information about the Casio C811. The puzzle pieces seem to fit together enough to say this is more than likely quite similar to the Casio G'zOne Type-L, but keep in mind this is just speculation for now.