In the market for a rugged smartphone that can stand up to your outdoor adventures and/or klutzy ways? Land Rover has a new option you might want to consider.
Ahead of Mobile World Congress, the luxury SUV maker just unveiled the Land Rover Explore smartphone, which it developed with Bullitt Group, the company behind Caterpillar’s rugged CAT phones. Inspired by the Land Rover Discovery SUV, the new smartphone “copes with water, impacts, and temperature changes,” and features a large 4000mAh battery, which Land Rover said will provide enough juice for “a full days hiking, biking, or skiing with screen on constantly and GPS navigation mapping activated.”
The Android 7.0 Nougat-powered handset features a five-inch HD display, which “works in bright sunlight and can be controlled with gloves or wet fingers,” Land Rover said. It’s IP68 certified, meaning it can hold up to water and dust, and is “drop-proof” to 1.8 meters with a factory-fitted screen protector.
“It can survive underwater – including salt water – and can cope with extreme temperatures, humidity, thermal shock and vibration exposure,” Land Rover wrote. “This level of protection ensures the device can survive heavy downpours or muddy trails and will continue to work, keeping you connected.”
Its other specs include a 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a deca-core 2.6GHz Helio X27 processor. Of course, this handset is fully compatible with Land Rover’s in-car apps.
The Land Rover Explore will be available to order starting April 26 for €649/£599 (around $800). As a sweet bonus, it comes with an Adventure Pack, which includes an extra 3600mAh battery, a GPS antenna that offers improved mapping capabilities for off-road adventures, a protective case, and a stainless steel carabiner with a canvas strap.