Land Rover has created a tough smartphone for outdoor use

Land Rover a creating a tough smartphone for outdoor use

Land Rover has created a tough smartphone for outdoor use

The big problem with today’s smartphones is that they aren’t very durable, making them unsuitable for a range of outdoor activities without a few extra layers of protection. Land Rover plans to change with this the introduction of their Explore smartphone, which they claim is the “toughest phone in the world” and is “built to work in places other phones can’t reach”. 

This mobile phone is designed to be resistant to water, humidity, extreme temperatures and more, with a factory fitted screen protector, water resistance up to a depth of 1.8m (including salt water) and is capable of withstanding drops of 1.8 metres. The design has also been given an IP68 rating for water and dist resistance. 

The Explore is currently based on Android Nougat, with an Oreo update in the works, featuring a 10-core 2.6GHz 64-bit Helio X27 chipset with dual sim functionality. The handset will also feature 4GB of RAM and offer 64GB of onboard storage, with microSD connectivity for additional expandability. 

  

Land Rover a creating a tough smartphone for outdoor use

Below are the specifications of the phone, though the explore is designed with compatibility with “add-on packs” in mind to offer additional protection and functions. The first is the “Battery Pack” which adds an extra 4.375mAh of battery capacity. The “Bike Pack” which acts as a handlebar mounting kit with tilt and swivel functions. Finally the “Adventure Pack” which offers a 3600mAh battery, an improved 25 x 25mm ceramic patch GPS antenna and a stainless steel carabiner/canvas strap. 

All of these packs are 1.8m drop resistant and come with the same IP68 accreditation as the phone.  

Tech Specs

– Huge battery (4000mAh) plus add-on Battery Packs
– IP68 Splash, Water and Dust resistance
– Drop-proof to 1.8 metres with factory fitted screen protector
– Premium grade, detailed off-road topographical mapping options from ViewRanger
– Androidâ„¢ ‘Nougat’, with scheduled upgrade to ‘Oreo’
– 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, expandable via microSDâ„¢
– Deca-core 2.6GHz 64 bit MTK Helio X27 chipset with Dual SIM functionality
– 16 MP Rear camera, 8MP front camera, 4 x digital zoom
– Bright 5 inch FHD display, Corning ® Gorilla® Glass 5 protected, optimised for outdoor use
– LTE Cat 6

  
Land Rover a creating a tough smartphone for outdoor use  

Right now Land Rover states that this phone will cost £599 with the adventure pack, though more information will become available at MWC 2018 next week, where more pricing and availability information will be available.  

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