It was bound to happen sooner or later, as smartphones have a long history of gobbling up anything you’d normally carry in your purse or pockets alongside your handsets. So the action camera is just the latest accessory to go the way of the PDA, portable game console, GPS receiver and other older technology before it. And Kyocera says it’s the first manufacturer to stuff one into a rugged smartphone.
The action camera inside of the DuraForce Pro, which has been dubbed the “Triple Threat,” includes a wide-angle lens and it captures video in full HD. The camera can capture videos in slow-mo and time-lapse modes and can also film within sports and underwater modes, thanks to the mil-spec 810G and IP68 certificates it holds. In order to make the most of the action cam found inside, Kyocera says the camera will even support “popular” action camera mounts.
The DuraForce Pro will withstand drops, dust, dew, and rain drops. It can endure salt, shock, tremors, high temperatures, low pressure, and up to two minutes of submersion in at a depth of two meter down. While the rugged design and the inclusion of the action camera are obviously the key features found in DuraForce Pro, the rest of the specs aren’t too bad either.
The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with 2GB RAM .In addition to the phone’s action camera, there’s also a 13MP point-and-shoot camera on the back, and a 5MP camera on the front. On the display front, there’s a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display that Kyocera says is “impact resistant” and supports Kyocera’s Glove and Wet Touchscreen Operation technology. Other specs include 32GB storage and a 3,240 mAh battery, that supports both wireless and quick charging.
Kyocera hasn’t put a price tag or release date on the DuraForce Pro, but you can expect the phone to launch this fall. Provided the price here isn’t too outrageous, is this a handset you’d ever consider picking up? How much would you be willing to pay? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.