The Rugged New Land Rover Phone Might Be The Toughest Smartphone Available
We’ve already seen a $200,000 watch made by British supercar manufacturer McLaren this week, so why not a smartphone made by Land Rover? The rough and tumble Land Rover Explore smartphone also known as “The Outdoor Phone” is built to take abuse and keep on keepin’ on.
“The Outdoor Phone” is actually made by Bullitt Group, but has Land Rover branding all over the handset. The phone even has a Land Rover-like grille at the bottom. The phone has an IP68 rating, which makes it resistant to salt water and dust, plus is resistant to drops of about six feet. You’ll quickly notice that while most phones are doing away with bezels, the Outdoor Phone embraces huge bezels to protect the 5-inch FHD display that is shielded by Gorilla Glass 5. As the name of the phone says, this rugged handset is made to be used outdoors and the touchscreen can be controlled with gloves on or with wet fingers. The phone can also handle “extreme temperatures, thermal shock, humidity, and vibration exposure” making it quite possibly one of the toughest smartphones available.
If you’re lost in the woods, the Land Rover Explore phone boasts a huge 4,000mAh battery, which is said to provide two days of usage with the screen constantly on. There is also the “Adventure Pack” option that comes with an additional 3,600mAh additional battery that sticks magnetically to the rear of the handset. This package also improves the Explore’s GPS and mapping capabilities thanks to a ceramic GPS antenna. There’s also a “Bike Pack” that comes with a mounting kit for a handlebar.
The phone comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, and comes with Android 7 Nougat out of the box, but can be upgraded to Oreo. The Land Rover Explore is expected to have a release date of April 26th and will start at $699 or you can upgrade to the Adventure Pack for $799.