Meet the Sonim XP7 Extreme, the 'world's most rugged' Android phone

Sonim unveils its new super-rugged XP7 Extreme smartphone, designed to handle water, snow, extreme drops, low temperatures, and more.

@anthony256
Published Tue, Nov 25 2014 5:16 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:13 PM CST

Sonim has just unveiled the "world's most rugged LTE/Wi-Fi/Android smartphone" with its new XP7 Extreme, featuring a 4-inch 800x480 "glove touchscreen" and oh-so-much more. The company has taken to Indiegogo to raise $150,000 for this awesome device, with the campaign ending on January 7, 2015.

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The 4-inch display may be low-res in this QHD world we live in, but it is a high-visible display which is viewable in direct sunlight, a powerful 103 dB speaker, the keys and screen can be used with heavy or wet gloves, it's rated at IP68, which means the XP7 Extreme can be fully submerged in water at up to 6.5 feet, for up to 30 minutes, as well as being rated at IP69, for resistance to high temperature pressure wash.

The Sonim XP7 Extreme is also drop and impact resistant, surviving drops up to 6.5 feet onto concrete, from any angle. It can be used in temperatures ranging from -4C to 131F, can survive in extreme pressures of up to one metric ton, is resistant to oils and chemicals, and is also puncture resistant. But don't worry, Sonim (even with all these technologies keeping it safe) still offer a 3-year comprehensive warranty, covering accidental damage.

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Inside, we have a Qualcomm 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal flash storage, 802.11 a/b/g/n/r Wi-Fi support, LTE, Android 4.4 KitKat as its OS, Bluetooth 4.0 and BLE, and a 4800mAh battery. The battery is good for 1000 hours of standby, or 40 hours or so of talk-time. All of this arrives in a device that weighs just 290g.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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