Sprint has officially announced its first two second generation Sprint Direct Connect phones in the Kyocera DuraMax and Dura Core clamshells. The phones feature a mil-spec 810G bodyshell and are encased in a rubber “Dura-Grip” guard for increased durability. Additionally, the phones will support Land Mobile Radio (LMR) interoperability for long-range off-network usage, simultaneous data and push to talk, and availability notifications. Sprint said it will add more Direct Connect features in 2012, including international PTT support.
The DuraMax features a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capture; 2.0 inch QVGA display, pre-installed 1GB microSD card with support for 32GB cards, stereo Bluetooth support and GPS transceiver, 2.5mm headset jack and messaging support. The Kyocera DuraCore adds a bi-directional speakerphone and a large-font option for the phone’s menus and removes the camera.
Pricing and availability have yet to be revealed officially, but the latest roadmap has confirmed that both phones will be launched on September 9th along with confirming a third Motorola smartphone with Sprint DirectConnect support without elaborating on specifications.