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Surprise rainstorms, sudden drops and even keys and coins in pockets and purses can wreak havoc on our smartphones. Never fear with the tough-all-over Brigadier, the latest ultra-durable Android smartphone from Kyocera.


Brigadier features a display made of sapphire and is designed to be tough enough for anyone from busy moms and outdoor adventurers to construction workers and first responders. The Brigadier by Kyocera is now available online for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate debit card with a new two-year customer agreement and will be in Verizon Wireless stores starting Aug. 7.


Brigadier’s Sapphire Shieldis a virtually scratchproof 4.5-inch HD display made from high-quality sapphire, a mineral that is second in hardness only to diamonds. A recent survey by comScore revealed that 73 percent of consumers surveyed rated drop protection or scratch-proof/shatter-proof screens as their most desirable durability feature.*


The new global-ready Brigadier by Kyocera is built to a Military Standard 810G rating   to stand up to shock, vibration, extreme temperature, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog and humidity.  Brigadier is also IP68 certified for dust-tight protection, as well as, protection against water immersion for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to 6 feet (1.8 meters).


Some work environments require gloves or to be in wet locations, and that’s okay since the Brigadier has Glove and Wet Touchscreen Operation technology. That means users can make or take a call, take pictures and activate the built in flashlight while wearing gloves or when the screen is wet.  A Dura Grid widget allows easy access to key apps such as GPS, Barometer, and essentially any app shortcut. Brigadier also ensures clear audio in even the noisiest environments with loud, dual front speakers.


Brigadier and its Sapphire Shield display have been put to the test by Kyocera’s lead product tester Bear Grylls, adventure-survivalist, star of the new series “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” businessman and the father of three active boys. Watch how Brigadier holds up to Grylls’ toughest tests on Kyocera’s YouTube channel.

* comScore custom Wireless Survey, May 2014
OS Android KitKat® 4.4
Display 4.5” HD Sapphire Shield™ display
Camera 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera
Memory 16 GB internal storage (formatted capacity is less) and supports up to a 32GB microSD card (sold separately)
Battery 3100mAh with built in wireless charging capability