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Being water-resistant is not enough: this dual-camera Android smartphone can survive an explosion and whatnot

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Being water-resistant is not enough: this dual-camera Android smartphone can survive an explosion and whatnot
More and more devices are embracing dust- and water-resistance as one of their more notable features – during 2014, all major Android manufacturers have released at least one device that boasts a certain IPxx certification – the Galaxy S5, the Xperia Z2, and many others. Some niche devices, such as the durable Kyocera Brigadier, are even shock-proof and will survive in even harsher environments. But all of these are bound to bow before BARTEC PIXAVI Impact X, which might turn out to be the most rugged Android smartphone ever.
Being water-resistant is not enough: this dual-camera Android smartphone can survive an explosion and whatnot

This aluminum-clad device is not only dust- and water-proof (IP68-certified), it will also survive a straight, up to 2-joule rendezvous with the ground from up to 2 meters. The 2mm Gorilla Glass screen at the front is custom-tailored for the device. The Impact X is also not afraid of corrosion and perfectly capable of withstanding great temperature amplitudes (-20°C to +45°C for operation and -40°C to +60°C for data storage). Thanks to its unprecedented rigidity, the Impact X is intended for those that workers in extremely hazardous environments.

Alas, that's not the most notable feature of the Impact X. See, it is flaunting IECEx and ATEX Zone 1 certifications, which means that it's also explosion-proof and suitable for hazardous areas. We'll let the latter sink in a bit. Wow.

The dual-camera setup of the device also deserves special attention. The manufacturer explains that many smartphone users usually record portrait videos, because they want to hold the phone with one hand while recording. BARTEC reveals that it has solved this issue by adding a second camera to the Impact, which is rotated 90 degrees in comparison with the other one, which means that regardless of the phone's orientation, all videos will be landscape ones (as it should be). Both cameras are 8MP ones. The Impact X has also been equipped with a dedicated camera shutter button at the front of the device, which is positioned below the hardware navigation buttons.

"Today’s workers expects the same snappy performance in their enterprise apps as they do at home when playing Angry Birds."


However, pretty little is known about the hardware specs of the device, as its maker stresses on its durability and not the power of the silicon inside. All we know is that it boasts a 4.6-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, a 3,000mAh battery, Android 4.2.2 aboard, and HSPA+ capabilities. Not something to write home about, but we guess that this is the price one has to pay for such an extreme ruggedness. Speaking of prices, the Impact X will probably cost between $1,000 and $1,200. Availability is unknown at this moment.




source: BARTEC PIXAVI

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posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:33 6

1. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Although not for everyone, this was WM's domain before.
They had some of the toughest handheld devices known to man that ran WM for industrial usage.
This is a decent replacement for them.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 20:37 1

34. JC557 (Posts: 1510; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Let's see if the phone works better than the Caterpillar (not explosion proof but still marketed for industrial use).

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:34 12

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4830; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey man when the world gets taken over by Skynet & the Terminators are out and about, this phone will STILL be kicking.

Nice!

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:38 19

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


But is it EMP resistant

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:43 10

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4830; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Now that is the question of the day for sure!

+100 if I could!

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 14:24 1

26. Wiencon (Posts: 1865; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Will it blend?

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 15:59 3

27. sgodsell (Posts: 3612; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I think the blender would break with this phone. The real question is can it survive a nuclear blast.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 20:34 2

32. JC557 (Posts: 1510; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Did they find a way to convert roaches into cell phone casings? Lord knows what happens when you attempt to step on one...

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:38 11

3. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


3000mAh for a 480x800 4.6" screen should provide monstrous battery life.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:38 22

5. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Boring. 3310 can cause explosions without damaging itself.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:50 8

7. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


3310 would be proud of this. :D

BTW, nice safety for workers.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:55 7

9. tech2 (Posts: 3447; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Just stop with those 3310 jokes. They're corny and cheesy as hell.

Probably the most overused joke on the internet, after 'Still a better love story then Twilight' joke ofcourse.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 09:00 22

10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Chuck Norris x Nokia 3310 is still a better love story than Twilight.

OOOW SICK BURN 3 IN 1 OOOO!!

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 16:59 1

30. bwhiting (Posts: 188; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


COMBO BREAKER with the snap crackle and pop!!!

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 09:18 9

15. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Blame yourself for not having a sense of humor and not having much knowledge about tech. The Nokia 3310 is one of the most toughest phone in the mobile industry, that's what the jokes about, the durability of the Nokia 3310.

Just because of you don't like it doesn't mean the others can't make a joke of it. You're nothing but just a normal person.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 09:33 5

17. tech2 (Posts: 3447; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Just because I don't find them funny anymore you understood that I don't understand them.

Nice logic. RIP common sense.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:51 2

8. Suo.Eno (Posts: 498; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Probably could have streamlined the chin though, by just aligning those keys and make 'em circle shaped. That being said it's probably that way for a reason.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 09:01 1

11. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


For that price don't think so. Everyone can't afford a 1,000$ phone. But like the idea being EXPLODE PROOF.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 09:02 3

12. Aplusk (Posts: 119; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


damn. . . smartphones on steroids.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 09:04 1

13. YaRopon741 (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Aug 2014)


I always wonder if my phone can survive and explosion... glad i finally know lol

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 09:06

14. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


Did the author of this article actually write "and whatnot" in the title? Are basic writing skills no longer required to be a reporter (I use that term loosely)?

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:44 3

20. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


What's the issue...?

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whatnot

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 09:21 3

16. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I would rather get a TV instead of this one, but good job on exceeding the limits of durability on the mobile world though.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 09:42 1

18. vuyonc (Posts: 1014; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Can it deflect bladed weapons (large halberds included)?

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:30 2

19. Suspiro (Posts: 26; Member since: 24 Aug 2014)


Cant wait to get one and then brag about it with the TSA agents at the airports and the passengers sitting next to me in the plane.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 11:45 2

21. Elusivellama (Posts: 73; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


"If there's a bomb on the plane, I can just put my phone over it and it'll absorb the explosion!"

"He said BOMB!! TERRORIST! GET HIM!"

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 12:12 2

22. desgua (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Will it blend?

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 12:54 2

23. buccob (Posts: 2563; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


i will definitely check youtube for such videos about this device... Also wondering how good is its bullet stopping power, and exactly its temperature limits.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 13:06 1

24. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Unless it has a heater, it is limited to similar thermal restraints of other handsets.

I have flashlights that heat the batteries for sub zero temperatures, I kind of doubt this does but I have no proof of that.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 13:51 1

25. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


put wp on it and then we'll talk

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 16:27 1

28. kanagadeepan (Posts: 922; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Wow... First time, I am seeing a phone will much bigger bezels than SONY's flagships...

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 16:32 1

29. na7noo7 (Posts: 278; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Can it survive a Death Ball?

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 17:05 1

31. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


I WANT! To TEST IT OUT! Maybe attach fireworks, a flame torch maybe? Awesome~~~ also running Android too~

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 20:37 2

33. JC557 (Posts: 1510; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


A new phone for Jack Bauer if they renew the series...

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