In this smartphone era, there is no way of improvements in smartphone design other than sticking to the rectangular bar shape. Instead of making changes in design, the manufacturers are making the device slimmer without compromising over the build quality. Other than for making calls and using for multimedia consumption, nowadays there is also a huge growth of smartphone usage in industries.
While regular smartphones can’t withstand for that kind of usage, there are few rugged smartphones available from the brands like Caterpillar and Panasonic. Dewalt, the maker of power tools for industrial usage had debuted the smartphone market with the Android-powered Dewalt MD501 tough smartphone. The device is priced at £379 (approx $543 / Rs. 36,000) and will be available soon in the market.
The DeWalt MD501 comes with IP68 certification making it both waterproof and dustproof. It can be immersed till two meters under water for 30 minutes. The company also claims that the MD501 can be operated at any temperature ranging between -20C to 60C. It features a 5-inch HD Gorilla Glass 3 display and is powered by 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor.
It can withstand a drop on the concrete floor from a height of two meters. There is 2GB RAM and 16GB storage on this device. It is backed by a 3,020mAh battery and is the first rugged phone to offer Qi wireless charging. The device has dual SIM card slots that support 4G LTE. In the camera department, it has a 13MP primary camera on the rear and a 5MP selfie camera on the front.
It measures 156 x 82 x 14 mm and weighs 245 grams. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, Beidou, OTG, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. Apart from the tougher build quality and IP68 certification, the device also includes latest features like wireless charging that are missing on other rugged smartphones.