Kyocera Sanyo Taho sturdy handset slips in via Sprint

Kyocera Sanyo Taho As mobile phone market is flooded, manufacturers can distinguish themselves by offering good finishing, sturdy components, innovative applications and overall value for money. Kyocera has collaborated with Sprint to uncover its stylish Sanyo Taho.

Crafted with a military-grade design, the newest offering renders enhanced ergonomics. The device touts to resist dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, blowing rain and water immersion with utmost ease. The clamshell phone lends support to Sprint Navigation and Sprint Family Locator applications.

Fitted with a front-ported speaker and a 2MP camera with flash and camcorder, the handset comes dressed in a non-slip Dura-Grip texture. Offering about 6.1 hours of talktime, the device comes along with a 2-inch QVGA TFT internal display and a 1-inch monochrome external display. Integrated with around 256MB memory, the phone packs in a 1GB microSD memory card which can be expanded up to 32GB.

“This is our first handset that pairs a tough, military-grade design with features to stand up to the rigors and demands of extreme jobs and lifestyles,” commented Yasuhiro Ohishi, vice president of sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications. “This is the answer for people who are rough on phones or, for whatever reason, regularly find themselves around water. Between outdoor sports and jobs that routinely involve harsh environments, Sanyo Taho will help make sure its users are always connected. Anyone who has lost a phone to the elements will understand its value.”

The newest entrant utilizes CDMA 1xEV-DO network technology, supporting autonomous GPS and Java Multitasking for third-party location-based services. The mobile phone boasts of its ability to avoid incoming and outgoing voice calls with password protection, disable both the camera and web access, as well as lock the phone’s GPS functionality.

The Sanyo Taho can be snapped up for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate through direct-ship sales channels, including the official website, Sprint stores and Telesales. The device is expected to hit remaining Sprint sales channels starting January 9, 2011.