If smartphones with a relatively low degree of ruggedness and moderate protection to water and dust are no longer niche devices (think Sony Xperia Z or Samsung Galaxy S4 Active), gadgets that are entirely rugged and feature very robust exteriors remain an oddity of the tech world.
But they continue to exist and catch the attention of some outdoorsy folks that care less about style and more about strength. On that note, the Casio Commando 4G LTE is set to see daylight in three short days and will follow on the footsteps of its already 2 year old predecessor.
The news about Commando 4G’s imminent launch doesn’t come from the horse’s mouth (where the horses are Casio and Verizon), but its source is more than reliable – Twitter user @evleaks. Hence, there’s no doubt the Terminator of phones will hit America’s Big Red come June 27.
Also, very few things about its appearance and list of features remain a mystery, with the scoop being the second-gen Commando will pack a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU inside a chassis measuring 4 inches in diagonal (that’s not counting the massive bezels around the display).
The screen will be WVGA (800 x 480 pixels), the undetailed processor will be paired with 1 GB of RAM, the on-board storage will be 16 gigs and you’ll also get microSD support. The dual 8 MP/1.3 MP cameras sound fairly decent, but unfortunately we can’t say the same thing about the 1,800 mAh battery and especially the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running. What is this, Verizon, Casio, 2011?!?