Upcoming Waterproof, Tough & Rugged Smartphones
The smartphones below have been officially confirmed but not yet released. Check out the early-bird pre-order sales for some epic savings!
AGM X3 – Coming Soon
The AGM X3 is the worlds most powerful tough and rugged smartphones thanks to the flagship level Snapdragon 845 processor.
As there’s still no sign of a Samsung Galaxy S9 Active, the AGM X3 is a great alternative! It has an IP68 waterproof rating, MIL-STD-810G drop protection, extreme operating temps and vibration resistant hardware. The included glove mode makes it a great choice for anyone working in cold environments
For the X3, AGM partnered up with audio manufacturer JBL to create dual rear-firing speakers that provide crystal clear audio. And finally, we get Wireless charging, NFC and a 20MP dual rear camera.
What separates the AGM X3 from the rest of the pack is that it’s very slim at 10.5mm, only weighs 200 grams and has high a high-end camera setup. The earliest you can expect the AGM X3 is in early 2019.
Rugged Credentials: IP68 Waterproof Rating (1.5m), MIL-STD-810G, -25°C to 55°C degrees operating temps, Gorilla Glass 5, Barometer, 1.21m Droptested
Ulefone Armor 6 – Coming Soon
The latest tough and rugged smartphone from Ulefone is the Armor 6. Expected to be released in early 2019, it’s amongst the first tough phones to features a top notch.
Ulefone already has plenty of mid-range tough smartphones, so the Armor 6 is going to separate itself from the pack by using the powerful MediaTek Helio P60 processor. It’s going to be Ulefone fastest tough phone to date.
Ulefone Armor 6
Rugged Credentials: IP68 Waterproof Rating
Blackview BV9600 Plus – Coming Soon
The Blackview BV9600 Plus is the successor the popular BV9500 Plus, but with some awesome upgrades!
It’ll be released running Android 9 Pie, it’s powered by the Helio P60 CPU and will feature a full HD AMOLED display. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, it’ll have an in-display fingerprint reader and a large 6.21″ notch display!
It’s going to be the BV9500 Plus on steroids! But, you’ll have to wait until around March 2019 to get your hands on one.
Blackview BV9600 Plus
Rugged Credentials: IP68/IP69K Waterproof Rating, MIL-STD-810G, -30°C to 60°C degrees operating temps, Thickened Gorilla Glass.
Doogee S80 – Coming Soon
It’s looking like every major rugged phone is soon going to have Walkie Talkie mode! The Doogee S80 comes with a detachable antenna letting you use it as a Digital Walkie Walkie with a range of 5-10km.
It comes with all the usual rugged credentials as well as the higher IP69K rating which means it can handle high-temperature pressurised water jets as well as submersion.
What really makes this smartphone the outdoor adventurers best friend is that gigantic 10080mAh battery that’ll get you over 4 days light usage! All the best explorers log their journeys, so Doogee has implemented a dedicated PPT (push to talk) button onto the side of the S80 as well.
Looking at performance, the S80 is sitting in high-midrange with 6GB’s of RAM, 64GB’s of storage (+ room for expansion) and the power-efficient MediaTek Helio P23. I think a smartphone of these proportions (metaphorically & physically), deserves a high-end Helio processor (Helio P60), but the P23 does help keep the cost down.
Finally, no explorer is worth their salt unless they record their journey. So the S80 has a 16MP Samsung selfie camera coupled with a dual-lens Sony IMX363 (12MP + 5MP) rear camera that’s more than enough for crisp, vibrant photos.
While the 21mm thickness and 398g weight is enough to put people off, just remember it’s a fully fledges (DMR) Walkie Talkie as well as a great mid-range smartphone!
Rugged Credentials: IP69K Rating, MIL-STD-810G, Detachable Antenna / Walkie Talkie Mode, Dust & Dirt Proof, -30°C to +60°C degrees operating temps, Compass, Barometer