Verizon Wireless on Thursday began selling the Kyocera Brigadier, a rough and tumble smartphone with a Sapphire display. Able to withstand more than your typical glass screen, Sapphire should make its way into a number of future handsets.
The Kyocera Brigadier’s display can be used with gloves as well as wet fingers, something most smartphones lack. Powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, the device offers users a 4.5-inch display, 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage. The backside has an 8-megapixel camera while the front provides a 2-megapixel experience. The handset can withstand drops, exposure to water, dust, vibration, and other elements.
Other hardware included in the Kyocera Brigadier includes Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC connectivity, and a 31oomAh battery with Qi wireless charging.
The Kyocera Brigadier runs Android 4.4 KitKat retails for $100 with a two-year contract or $20 per month with Verizon EDGE.