Kyocera Urban Progresso-Worlds first Smartphone to Transmit Clear Voice Reception via Vibration of Display Screen

Kyocera today announced the release of the Urbano Progresso, the world’s first smartphone to be equipped with Smart Sonic Receiver technology which transmits clear voice quality to the user directly through vibrations in the handset’s display screen — a technology co-developed by Kyocera and KDDI, based on Kyocera’s proprietary advanced ceramic technology.

Smart Sonic Receiver is a new function which uses a piezo-electric actuator to create vibrations along a wide area of the display screen which in turn transmits clear voice quality to the user. This is the first smartphone in the world to be equipped with this function. As the vibrations cover a wide area of the screen, the user is able to hear clear voice quality regardless of where their ear is placed. Furthermore, by pressing the whole screen against your ear to create a cover, it is easier to hear in crowded and noisy environments.

The new model is part of Kyocera’s Digno-branded smartphone series, complete with various features including a stylish and sophisticated design using a metallic shell; 4.0-inch OLED Luminous Display and a flash-equipped 8.1-megapixel camera to allow the user to take photos even in dim environments, and waterproof / dirt-resistant functions.
The Urbano Progresso available for Japanese market only is compatible with WiMAX high-speed Internet service with speeds of up to 40 Mbps (down) and 15.4 Mbps (up), and also features a tethering function to connect up to eight Wi-Fi compatible devices, allowing the user to view full Web pages, send large files, stream video and download with ease whether indoors or out. Available in three color variations, the new phone is part of KDDI Corporation’s new handset lineup announced today.

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