Kyocera is out with the world’s first “regular” smartphone with sapphire screen.
They are offering the Sapphire Shield technology inside their newly announced Kyocera Brigadier which is available from Verizon Wireless.
The device fits the mid-end of the market, packing a 4.5-inch screen with 720p HD resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip clocked at 1.4GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage and a 3,100 mAh battery. There’s also a pair of cameras, 8-megapixel one with LED flash on the back and 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Brigadier comes in a rugged shell that meets IP68 and Military Standard 810G requirements.
Verizon is offering Kyocera for $99.99 with a two-year contract or for $399.99 sans any strings attached.