AT&T Expands Portfolio of Ruggedized Mobile Devices with Launch of Kyocera DuraForce XD and DuraXE

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The FINANCIAL — Kyocera Communications, Inc. is rolling out two new rugged Kyocera devices to complement AT&T’s existing rugged portfolio.  The new DuraForce XD, a ruggedized2 4G LTE Android smartphone with a large 5.7-inch high-definition display, and the new DuraXE feature phone, join Kyocera’s DuraForce smartphone to offer AT&T customers an unprecedented range of rugged devices designed to withstand harsh conditions.

The DuraForce XD and its large display are ideal for viewing documents, forms, schedules and other critical information on the job. The DuraXE is a Push-To-Talk device designed for active people who wish to stay connected in tough work environments. Both devices feature dedicated side buttons supporting AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) 3, according to AT&T.

Both devices are available starting January 8th. The Kyocera DuraForce XD is as low as $14.97/month with $0 down for well-qualified with AT&T Next244 when they activate it on qualified service. It also is available for $49.99 with a two-year wireless service agreement (CRU Only5) and the purchase of AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk6. The DuraXE is available for $13.50 per month for 20 months on an AT&T Installment plan7, $49.99 with two-year wireless service agreement (CRU only) and the purchase of AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk.

“Staying in touch and online can be crucial to productivity and profitability.  DuraForce XD is designed to combine certified durability in a large-display format at an incredible price,” said Chuck Becher, vice president and general manager of sales and marketing, Kyocera Communications.  “By complementing the existing DuraForce smartphone with the DuraForce XD and DuraXE, we enable AT&T to offer customers a device for multiple applications and the confidence to know it’s built by Kyocera, a recognized name in rugged mobile devices.”

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DuraForce XD

DuraForce XD is designed to withstand dust, drop, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure/high altitude, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and water immersion.  Its durable design lets users confidently operate the device without a protective case, and provides not only “survivability” but also “usability” in harsh environments. DuraForce XD’s large touchscreen display can even be operated when wet or with gloved hands.  

“The DuraForce XD is an exciting addition to our robust lineup of rugged devices,” said Danessa Lambdin, vice president of enterprise mobility, AT&T. “The 5.7-inch screen provides a unique and highly-functional option between a tablet and a typical smartphone screen.  It will make information-management and connectivity in challenging environments a little easier for our business customers.”

With its EPTT support, DuraForce XD lets users quickly and reliably connect to individuals or groups with just a push of a button over 4G LTE and Wi-Fi.  DuraForce XD has extra-loud dual front speakers and a large side button that make push-to-talk calls easy.  The device also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU and a sizeable 3,700mAh battery to keep up with long days.


DuraXE features a ruggedized design that’s become synonymous with Kyocera phones.  It boasts Military Standard 810G protection for dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog and humidity, along with IP68 certification as dustproof and waterproof for up to 30 minutes in up to six feet of water.  Its large, tactile keypad is designed for ease of use with gloved hands. Its convenient top keys provide quick access to activate the speaker phone or end calls. In addition to its internal color display, a high-contrast external display makes it easy to read while outside on the job.

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The DuraXE features dual-mic noise cancellation and powerful dual front speakers to help ensure that users can hear calls clearly—even in noisy environments. The DuraXE is work-ready, providing a high degree of toughness without sacrificing power or features.

“The DuraXE is ideal for anyone who can’t afford to let anything get in the way of getting the job done,” added Becher. “It’s been carefully designed to stand up to the challenges of tough work-force environments, while performing reliably and easily to help workers excel on the job.”     

It also provides great functionality with a 5MP auto-focus camera with LED flash and video recorder that captures picture perfect quality of life’s most important moments. Calendar tools with GPS services, web connection and browser-based email help user’s stay productive on-the-go.

Both the DuraForce XD and the DuraXE are certified for use in hazardous work locations where flammable gases, vapors, or mists are not normally present in an explosive concentration but may accidentally materialize (Non-incendive, Class I, Division 2, Groups A-D, T4).


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