The idea of construction companies manufacturing their own smartphones seems weirdly laughable at first but then Caterpillar did it and is now an established name in the tough and rugged smartphone sector. And now another big name has joined the fray with construction giant Dewalt unveiling their very first smartphone, meant to be used for the physically tough world of construction sites with its IP68 and MIL-STD 810G certification. Its high-end specs as well as the ease of use features makes it an ideal phone for those in the industry.
The 5” rugged smartphone has a HD Bright View and Gorilla Toughened Glass 3 display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz MT6735 processor and has a 2GB RAM with a 16GB internal memory. It has a pretty decent 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing one. The battery has a 3950 mAh capacity and has a standby 450 hours and a talk time of 420 minutes if connected to 2G or 3G. If need be, you can actually connect to 4G data functionality, rapid GPS location, and NFC.
But of course the highlight of this device is how it can survive rough, outdoor situations. It has IP68 certification so it means it is fully dust resistant and waterproof if left in up to 2 meters of water for 30 minutes. It also is MIL-STD 810G certified so it can survive drops from 2 meters onto concrete and can operate in extreme temperatures from -20C to 60C. Receiving these certifications means it was able to withstand the rigorous physical testing that tough devices have to undergo.
The Dewalt smartphone is actually a collaboration with Global Mobile Communications, a company that specializes in tough phones as well. It will be sold for £379 or around $544.