Sprint announced a few new phones this morning. These phones are unlike the wave of smartphones that are being revealed every week. These new phones will take advantage of an upcoming service called Sprint Direct Connect. Direct Connect is a push-to-talk service that will be three times the size (2.7 million square miles) of Sprint’s current push-to-talk coverage area. It will be available in the fall. International push-to-talk will be rolled out in 2012.
The new phones are the Kyocera DuraCore and the Kyocera DuraMax. An unnamed Motorola Direct Connect phone will also be released. Pricing for these phones is not available, but Sprint has provided basic specifications for the two Kyocera devices.
The Kyocera DuraMax can withstand blunt force and is water-resistant. It has a 2-inch screen, 2.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, GPS and includes a 1GB microSD card (expandable to 32GBs).
The Kyocera DuraCore is also resistant to shock and dust, but isn’t water-resistant. It has most of the same features as the DuraMax, but it also features a bi-direction speakerphone.