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CAT Phones outs the S50 for the rugged smartphone market

Caterpillar is synonymous to the construction industry – the world of power vehicles, heavy industrial tools, and heavy work boots (which at some point in time most people wanted a pair of). CAT Phones, a subsidiary of Caterpillar, has been outing rugged smartphones over the years, and this year, at the IFA 2014 in Berlin, it has announced a new rugged smartphone – the Cat S50.

Panasonic launches Toughpad rugged Android device at IFA

The IFA 2014 tradeshow in Berlin is not just for stylish devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the new Sony Xperia Z3Panasonic tries to break the mold by announcing the Toughpad FZ-X1 rugged Android handset (FZ-E1 for the Windows 8.1 model). With a name that sounds more like an artisan tool than a phone, Panasonic seemingly went for all out rugged protection with this new industry-ready device.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active aims at active business users

Samsung has rolled out a new tablet at IFA 2014 this week called the Galaxy Tab Active. This tablet is aimed at business users that need a tablet that will last all day and is rugged enough to survive the bumps that go along with life on the road. The tablet has an anti-shock covering that allows the internal hardware to survive a drop from 1.2 meters up with the cover on.

Pixavi Impact 2 rugged Android smartphone is intrinsically safe

Normal Android smartphones aren’t ideal for every environment where people work and play. A new smartphone from a firm called Pixavi has been announced and the device is called the Impact X. The Impact X is an intrinsically safe Android device that is designed to be used in explosive and hazardous areas.

Kyocera Brigadier videos show how crazy tough it is

The cat is out of the bag and Kyocera indeed has in its repository the world's first non-luxury wallet-friendly sapphire glass toting smartphone. And just to show what it means when it says "tough", Kyocera has pushed two new YouTube videos that summarize the Brigadier's key rugged features as well as demonstrate the excruciatingly painful things you can do to this smartphone.

Kyocera builds water, shockproof Hydro Life for T-Mobile

So the idea for building a sturdier, more robust phone for those with active lifestyles is not a new one – we’ve already seen Samsung and Nokia do it. T-Mobile is willing to put out another sturdy phone into the market, with Japanese electronics giants Kyocera building the Hydro Life smartphone which is set to launch by August 8.

VIA creates Viega tablet made for tough environments

The Android tablet market isn’t actually an ideal marketplace for immediate profit, what with all the major players putting out ginormous numbers of different kinds of tablet devices. VIA, a technology company known for making chips for computer motherboards, isn’t the first place you’d look for a top-of-the-line tablet – but what they have is the VIA Viega, a tablet designed specifically for tough and rugged work environments.

Kyocera leak shows sapphire display phone in the works

Sapphire crystal displays might soon be the in thing, probably much to Corning's dismay. Now even Kyocera might be outfitting one of its upcoming smartphones with the almost indestructible material, as seen in this leaked lab test video, which might actually be a perfect fit given the company's line of devices.

Moto X burned and lives to tell the tale

We've different experiments and antics that try to test the resilience of mobile devices, but sometimes the true tests lie not in controlled settings but in real-world accidents. And as a certain Digital Dragon from Google+ discovered, the Moto X seems pretty capable of performing with grace under fire. Literally.
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