AT&T on Monday announced that it will soon offer the Kyocera DuraForce XD, a “waterproof” smartphone with a massive 5.7-inch display.
AT&T didn’t provide a detailed list of specs for the new smartphone, but it’s clearly going to be for folks who need a rugged device out in the field. It has an IP68 rating, which means it’s resistant against dust and water submersion in water at depths of 6 feet for 30 minutes. The “68” rating also means it’s technically more “waterproof” than devices with IP67 ratings, such as a recent crop of smartphones with water-resistant nano-coatings. The device is also sports Military Standard 810G protection against rain, drops, high altitudes, shock, extreme temperatures and more.
And there’s another reason why folks “in the field” might want to consider the DuraForce XD. It’s also “certified non-incendive, Class 1, Division 2,” which means the phone can be present at “work sites where concentrations of flammable gases, vapors or mists aren’t normally present in an explosive concentration, but might accidentally exist.”
The only specs noted by AT&T include the large 5.7-inch HD display and a 3,700mAh battery. AT&T didn’t say when it will be available or for how much, but this sounds like a pretty tough device.