As most of you know, Casio showed off a rugged phone - dubbed the G-Shock Phone - at CES 2012. Pretty much everyone who isn't a prominent tech blogger thought it looked bad-ass and loved it. Everyone else hated it and called it ugly.

Nothing was heard of the phone since, leading me to believe that the project is very likely dead. As a particularly big fan of the G-Shock phone, that makes me sad. But now, according to [Tweakers.net], a new contender has risen to take a jab at the rugged phone market: the Kyocera Brigadier. In the spirit of Casio's device that never was, it looks totally bad-ass (though I think the GSP still looked more bad-ass). It doesn't have too bad specs either: 4.5 inch 720p display, Snapdragon 400 SOC, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage + MicroSD, 8MP camera, 3100mAh battery. The company is also boasting about how it has a sapphire screen instead of a glass one, which is one of the things that make this phone harder to break. There aren't any reviews yet so I don't know how it holds up in real life, but it sounds promising. A price point of $400 is mentioned, though it is unclear whether this is on-contract, unlocked or something in between.

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The phone is supposedly already released in the USA on Verizon's network. Though as a non-US citizen I cannot confirm this, and having this information from one source and not seeing it confirmed in the DuckDuckGo search results, I am in doubt if it is really already available. It is as of yet unclear whether or not this phone will eventually hit other networks and countries, but let's hope so. Still, somewhere deep inside, I'm still hoping for Casio to revive the G-Shock phone and totally beat the hell out of the Brigadier.