Samsung evidently wants to expand its mobile territory further – rugged phones. Rugged phones have been, as Brian Chen of New York Times puts it, “Microsoft’s turf“. The Windows Mobile platform has been powering the rugged mobile devices for years now and it now faces a real contender – an Android-based rugged phone.
On Thursday, Samsung announced that the Samsung Rugby Smart will be coming to AT&T on March 4, 2012 for $99 with a two-year contract.
According to its specs, the Samsung Rugby Smart meets the U.S. military spec 810F for dust, humidity, rain, shock, and temperature. In addition, the rugged phone is semi-water proof – it can be submerged in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, when the ports are tightly closed. So if you need to take a quick dive here and there, the Rugby Smart will be your companion.
Notable spec highlights include:
- 3.7-inch (800 x 480 pixel) WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen display
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
- 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- 720p video capture
- 1,650 mAh battery (8 hrs talk time, up to 16 hrs standby)
- 512MB of RAM
- microSD card slot (up to 32GB storage)
- AT&T’s HSPA+ network
- 4.8 in x 2.6 in x 0.5 in (HWD)
- 4.2 ounces
Curious about how durable this phone is? Check out this video. I’m pretty sure my iPhone can’t do this…
- Samsung announces armor-plated Android, the Rugby Smart (news.cnet.com)
- Samsung Rugby Smart to arrive at AT&T (ubergizmo.com)
- With Rugged Phones, Samsung Seeks Business Customers (bits.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Samsung Rugby Smart for AT&T gets pictured (ubergizmo.com)
- Samsung’s Galaxy S II celebrates 20 million sold, just in time for MWC (engadget.com)