Best 5G Rugged Phone in 2021: Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G

Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G
Durable to withstand all elements

In today’s modern era, smartphones are mostly built with glass or plastic which makes the phone vulnerable to breakage when dropped. Well, phone manufacturers and retailers are quite happy to sell you insurance just in case of breakage, but there’s an alternative choice available to you which is a Rugged Phone.

No doubt you can also buy damage proof rugged case for your flagship phone but usually, it will protect only up to a certain level of around 6ft to 10ft. On the other hand, rugged phones have high military-grade durability.

Also, it’s interesting to notice that the majority of those rugged phones are far more affordable than flagship phones as they are built to urge work done and not outfitted with high-end cameras and other advanced technology. Given their price and utility, most of these rugged phones are great to designate as work or outdoor adventure.

Kyocera has always been a name known for rugged phones and this year they came with their latest product: Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G. It is a rugged phone that comes with a load of features along with extreme durability.

PROS

  • Extremely Durable
  • Bright Screen
  • Waterproof
  • PTT Buttons

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Poor Camera performance
  • PTT app drains battery rapidly

Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G Specifications

The DuraForce Ultra 5G’s rear camera house consists of a 24-megapixel f/1.8 standard wide and a 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide, plus a time-of-flight sensor. The camera house also consists of a dual-LED flash and is protected by a Sapphire shield lens. The front setup consists of an 8-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera.
This camera setup is capable to take Super Night Vision and Underwater photos/videos. Well, the quality is not up to the mark as of flagship phones but it does its job.

Underwater and Action Camera modes to deliver perfect images and videos
Underwater and Action Camera modes to deliver perfect images and videos

In Kyocera Duraforce Ultra 5G besides the power button, which also has an inbuilt fingerprint sensor, you will also find physical buttons for the camera, push-to-talk, SOS, and volume controls. You can assign any app to the camera, SOS, and PTT buttons. These physical buttons can be easily configured to another function and are easy to use even when you’re wearing gloves.

The dimensions of the phone are 165 x 75 x 16mm and it weighs around 278g.

Extra security along with extra durability
Extra security along with extra durability

You’ll also probably be happy to have a true 3.5mm headphone jack and an easily accessible microSD card slot. But as the phone is so protectively sealed there is no direct access to the battery.

The DuraForce Ultra 5G ships with Android 10, Kyocera says it will provide an update to Android 11 and will continue to provide security patches for the next 2 years. The DuraForce Ultra 5G is powered by a Snapdragon 765G processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage.

Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G UW C
DuraForce 5G is SD 765G powered

The Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G comes with a 4500mAh lithium polymer battery, Kyocera claims the phone can go up to 13 days between charges. It also offers QI Wireless charging and is optimized with battery care and eco-mode features to extend its battery life and efficiency.

The box comes with a 27W fast charger that can charge the battery quickly. However, just like many other smartphone chargers, this one also slows down charging after the battery is charged to 80%.

Here are few charging trains of the fast charger – 15% in 10mins, 50% in 34mins, 80% in 60mins and takes about 110 minutes to fully charge.

Long lasting 4500mAH battery along with 5G for ultra work and play
Long lasting 4500mAH battery along with 5G for ultra work and play

Kyocera Duraforce Ultra 5G is ready to perform in the harshest environments. It is certified dustproof and waterproof as the phone is both IP65 and IP68 rated. The Sapphire Shield screen is 5.5inches and Full HD+ LCD panel which is impact and scratch-resistant and is supported by angled corner bumpers that deliver extra durability making Duraforce Ultra 5G meet Military Standard 810H specifications that can withstand drops(up to 1.5m onto concrete), shocks, and more.

Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G Price in India

Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G is priced at $899 approximately Rs 66,744, which is merely double the price tag of its predecessor. Well, I would say at that price bracket it is surely not the best smartphone in terms of camera or processor performance but Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G is definitely the best 5G rugged phone which comes with most of the features and performance. So in short, it’s a durable monster that comes with a price.

Also read: JioPhone Next 4G Smartphone announced in Partnership with Google

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