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Kyocera’s new Verizon-exclusive phone sports a rugged design and a sapphire screen

Rugged phones aren’t generally very exciting. They’re all big, boxy things, with plastic shells meant to absorb force from drops. Kyocera’s new Verizon-exclusive rugged phone, though, is… well, it’s a big, boxy thing with a plastic shell. But it also has a sapphire screen and an action camera.

The very rugged-sounding DuraForce Pro 2 sports a five-inch “Sapphire Shield Display,” which the company says is “virtually scratch proof.” It’s IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, and meets the 810G military standard for shock, temperature, and radiation resistance — so go ahead and take it on that trip to Chernobyl. [...]

 
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Sharp Aquos R2 Compact almost justifies having two notches

Like it or not, the display notch is here to stay. It seems Sharp likes it enough to double down on notches for their latest phone. However, where some manufacturers have adopted the notch simply to follow the trend, the dual-notch setup of the Sharp Aquos R2 Compact is almost reasonable.

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Laptop-phone Cosmo Communicator hits 350% of crowdfunding goal

A bit over a week ago, an Android phone with a PDA/laptop form-factor called the Cosmo Communicator hit Indiegogo. I know, I know, crowdfund projects are whatever, but the Cosmo has two interesting things going for it: the company behind it (Planet Computers) already has one similar success under its belt, and the project is already over 350% funded with three weeks left to go.

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One of the best Android phones isn’t officially available in the US, but it is on eBay

Of all the phones that launched last month, only one device features the kind of next-gen features that will only be available from rival devices at some point in the first quarter of 2019. That handset, available in a large number of markets, will never officially launch in the US, and Android fans already know what device I’m talking about. But that device — Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro — is actually available in the US, unofficially, from eBay.

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