Kyocera has been a key player in the Android market as one of the most important rugged smartphone manufacturers. Can they bring the same quality and strong handsets to Windows Phone users? That is what the company aims to do, and they are proving their commitment by showing us they have been working on joining the Windows Phone game.
They have put together a neat prototype device to show off at MWC and we simply couldn’t wait to take a look at it. The keyword here is “prototype”, as Kyocera isn’t exactly showing us a Windows Phone device. They simply took their Kyocera Torque Android smartphone and put Windows Phone on it.
The device comes with a 4.5-inch 720p display, a 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 3100 mAh battery and 8/2 MP cameras. All of that doesn’t matter, though, as this phone probably won’t come to market (at least in a Windows Phone version). Kyocera simply wanted to show us their interest in bringing rugged Windows Phone handsets.
Windows Phone looks and feels just like it should. There are no noticeable differences and it runs fast and smooth. Nothing to complain. The buttons are off because these are optimized for Android, but Kyocera did a good job re-purposing them for the Windows Phone experience.
So, what do you say, guys? Would you get a rugged Windows Phone device from Kyocera?