Kyocera DuraForce Pro is a rugged Android smartphone that’s launching at T-Mobile today


If you’re looking for a new Android phone that’s a bit more rugged than the recent glass-covered flagships, then you might want to check out Kyocera’s new device.

The Kyocera DuraForce Pro is now available from T-Mobile. Pricing for this rugged Android smartphone is set at $17 down and $17 per month for 24 months, or $425 total.

The highlight feature of the DuraForce Pro is its rugged body, which is IP68-rated to resist dust and being submerged in up to 2m/6.5ft of water for up to 30 minutes. It also meets Military Standard 810G for protection against dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity, immersion, temperature shock, and freezing rain.

Also included is a feature called Action Overlay mode, which is exclusive to the T-Mobile version of the DuraForce Pro. With it, you can record videos with a heads-up display that includes data like your speed, distance traveled, g-force, altitude, elapsed time, and date stamp.

The raw specs of the Kyocera DuraForce Pro include a 5-inch 1920×1080 display, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a Super Wide View HD Action Camera. There’s 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD slot for adding more storage, an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, and a fingerprint reader. This Android 6.0.1 smartphone is powered by a 3240mAh battery that supports wireless charging.

The Kyocera DuraForce Pro isn’t the most high-end Android phone around, but it does stand out because we haven’t seen many rugged smartphones released lately. So if you’re looking for a phone that doesn’t need an extra case to help it withstand a beating, the DuraForce Pro might be worth a look.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • That can’t be serious! They must have some kind of agreement with them, so they are sticking to it.


    I would consider this phone for my father-in-law and his construction job, at $250-$300, but not $425.

    • Bklynman

      Tmobile is selling it,I am pretty sure MetroPcs,will selling it too at cheaper price.
      Don’t forget Family Mobile at Walmart,there phones are cheaper too,they work on TMO network.

      • Iamnumber6

        Family Mobile phones are locked to family mobile since walmart sold family mobile to the tracphone group. You can’t just sim swap and use them on tmobile any longer without an unlock.

        • Bklynman

          I didn’t know that, thanks update.

  • Nobody Special

    I will pass on this phone. Im looking to buy 3 phones for my 3 free t-mobile phone lines, but at these prices it’s ridiculous to pay so much for a phone. I will continue to use my old out-of-date phones and cracked screen phones until I see an inexpensive phone surface around the corner. I can do without all these extras like fingerprint scan buttons. I want a smartphone that can make and receive calls, able to send text and a phone that wont konk out after 6 months of normal use. I wouldn’t buy a Ferrari just to drive back and forth to the corner store, and i will nolonger spend over $500 just to make phone calls. I should of taken advantage of the free phone offers when T-mobile were giving them out with the free phone lines :(

    • KMB877

      May I suggest you to take a look to ZTE Axon 7 Mini?

      • Nobody Special

        Thank You very much for the suggestion. I just looked at a few reviews and I really do like the ZTE Axon 7 Mini. I have never seen that phone before. I’m not at all up to date with the current technology.

        I also see on the T-Mobile site another flip phone being sold….. I think i will purchase three (3) Alcatel Go Flip phones. It may be what I’m looking for in price and features for now.

        • Kaulana1989

          Get the axon 7 it’s better than the mini axon 7 non Mini has T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling

    • KMB877

      You’re welcome, I got Axon 7 back in September, I believe it’s the best phone I ever had.
      Other relatively unknowd devices you may like to take a look: Sky devices (Elite PhotoPro onsale right now). BestBuy is seling Sky Devices too. I saw link for upgrading the OS, I don’t kmow if they are providing Android 7.

  • Ѕροη†αηεους Μιхх ♪♫

    I don’t understand the comments about thinking it’s priced unfairly. It’s a ruggedized midgrade phone. Have you ever priced toughbooks? They cost more than a 2004 Impala. With a Snapdragon 617 and a 3240 mAh battery, this thing should be rock solid with fairly decent battery life. I think it’s a good buy for a non-flagship kinda phone person.

    • Matt

      It is a high price for what is effectively a 2 year old phone. You’ll have better hardware specs on a ZTE ZMAX Pro. You can buy accessories that will ruggedize it. I’m a truck driver and I bought a rugged case for it.

      • Ѕροη†αηεους Μιхх ♪♫

        except for a.) water proof cases are expensive, b.) the hardware specs are virtually the same, except for c.) Kyocera has higher pixel density, WAY faster charging (the ZTE XMax Pro charges obnoxiously slow), and NFC. My wife has a ZMax pro… I don’t particularly care for it, MAINLY because of the lack of any compatibility with any rapid charging standard.

      • Brad Belafonte

        it’s literally bombproof though. you can use it underwater. you can drop it down the stairs during a sandstorm. the screen works when wet and through gloves.

        I had the phone for a day, and the only complaint was a battery life that could only be a the result of messed up software.

  • hendriks family

    My son has the phone. It’s​ great. Passes the super rugged test. My son is super hard on phones/tablets. This is the only one to last. I work at a sawmill. He has brought it there & dropped it in soupy mud, diesel fuel has been on it. Thick bearing grease. It eases over & mashed into gravelly mud with a huge industrial Komatsu forklift. No scratches. Just rinsed it off. Dropped on concrete numerous times. Has taken it swimming in way deeper than 6 ft of water. Takes pix & video UNDERWATER. Great quality & EVEN some sound!!!! Salt water no problem. Easy to use. Has Google Assistant. Super loud. This phone is bad*ss! Esp for a kid. Headphone jack, Bluetooth, it does things i wish my Droid turbo 2 would do!! Price is what you make it. You get what you pay for. If you want a super hardcore phone, esp a GREAT starter or kids phone that they will not be able to destroy then this is it. So buy your mid a cheaper phone & you’ll get cheaper results. The price is good. Your buying extreme ruggedness. How much is that worth to you? It’s totally worth it to me

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  • GR

    I bought this phone a few days ago with T-Mobile. I’m an outdoorsy guy but take excellent care of my gear and my phones last a long time. I’ve never damaged a phone by dropping or mishandling. However, the reality is that durability is necessary for longevity, especially from the unexpected. While the performance specs show that this phone isn’t anything special, it’s built to outlast anything. Yeah, it’s heavy and bulky but so will any phone be with a case to try have the IP68 and Mil-Spec 810G ratings of this phone. My girlfriend got an iPhone 7 the same day I got my DuraForce Pro to replace her iPhone 6S. Her 6S was damaged accidentally by a coworker months ago and continued to physically deteriorate even after repairs. It was a new-ish phone but after one fall and a cracked screen, it started to fall apart everywhere. See, in many cases, it’s not the performance specs that cause a phone to need replacement but the durability. Most people need to replace their phones due to damage so preventing that is key to longevity. Also considering the price of this phone which is easily 35 to 40% lower than flag ship phones like the iPhone 7 or Galaxy S8, the lower performance specs are justifiable.

    I don’t need the best specs in a phone. I want something that can handle and survive life, especially in adventure conditions. I don’t want something that can be permanently ruined from one fall. Trust me, in 3 to 4 years, there will be a much higher percentage of current DuraForce Pros still in use compared to iPhone 7s and Galaxy S8s as it wasn’t built like an expendable commodity. My only gripe is that the near-unbreakable Sapphire Shield screen was exclusive to Verizon for the phone and not offered for other carriers.