There is no shortage of Android smartphone on the market today, but most of those devise aren’t up to the task of working in harsh environments. For people that work in these harsh environments, they need a rugged device if it is going to last. AT&T has announced that it now has a new rugged smartphone that meets, and exceeds some military standards called the Sonim XP6.
This device runs the Android operating system and has a physical keypad for dialing and operating the phone with gloves on. In addition to that physical keypad, the smartphone also has a touchscreen that is bright enough to be viewed in direct sunlight. AT&T is mum on hardware specifications, but this isn’t a smartphone that you buy for hardware performance.
You buy this device because it meets MIL-STD 810 G and is IP68 rated for water immersion. It’s also IP69 rated for water spray. Sonim says that the device exceeds military standards on 12 rugged performance metrics including the ability to survive drops onto concrete from higher distances, mud, crush pressure and more. The XP6 also supports AT&T’s enhanced push to talk network. It sells for $149.99 on a two-year contract or $524.99 outright.
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