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.

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.

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.




33. JC557

Posts: 1928; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

31. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

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

29. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Can it survive a Death Ball?

28. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1291; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

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

25. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

put wp on it and then we'll talk

22. desgua

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Will it blend?

23. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

24. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

19. Suspiro

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 24, 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.

21. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 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!"

18. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Can it deflect bladed weapons (large halberds included)?

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

14. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 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)?

20. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

13. YaRopon741

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 28, 2014

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

12. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

damn. . . smartphones on steroids.

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.

8. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 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.

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Boring. 3310 can cause explosions without damaging itself.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

3310 would be proud of this. :D BTW, nice safety for workers.

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Chuck Norris x Nokia 3310 is still a better love story than Twilight. OOOW SICK BURN 3 IN 1 OOOO!!

30. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

COMBO BREAKER with the snap crackle and pop!!!

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Just because I don't find them funny anymore you understood that I don't understand them. Nice logic. RIP common sense.

3. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

But is it EMP resistant

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Now that is the question of the day for sure! +100 if I could!

26. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Will it blend?

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