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The Kyocera Torque, a smartphone made for outdoorsmen and endorsed by Bear Grylls will launch on Sprint on March 8.
"For workers in the trenches, families at the beach or the snowboarder knee deep in powder – Kyocera Torque, is built to survive extreme elements and everyday use," wrote Sprint in the press release.
The Torque is Sprint's first Military Standard 810G touch screen smartphone which means that it is made to withstand dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, humidity, and extreme temperatures. It is also waterproof and can handle being immersed in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes.
"Torque can handle all the rain, sprinklers, hoses, spit, drool, drinks sinks or toilet water life can throw at it- that's more than can be said of the around 82 million handsets in the U.S. that have already been destroyed by liquid," Sprint added.
It can also withstand extreme temperatures from -22 degrees to 140 degrees. This makes it the perfect device for hiking, snowboarding and skiing.
The Torque has also been drop tested. The handset was dropped 25 times from 4 feet high and held up so it is great for people who are cursed with butter fingers. It can last in 95 percent humidity for up to 10 days straight.
The device features Sprint's Direct Connect service and Smart Sonic Receiver Audio Technology. It will be released on March 8 and will cost $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year service agreement.
Similar smartphones crafted for the outdoors have been released in the past few years including the Samsung Rugby.
Accessory companies also frequently release cases for popular handsets such as the iPhone and Galaxy S3 that make them drop proof and dust proof.