Sonim XP7 Extreme, the most rugged LTE Android smartphone in the world, can be yours for $579

Sonim XP7 Extreme, the most rugged LTE Android smartphone in the world, can be yours for $579
Rugged handset maker Sonim announced the launch of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to sell a new smartphone: the Sonim XP7 Extreme. Presented as “the world’s most rugged LTE Android smartphone”, the XP7 Extreme is targeted at active-sports enthusiasts. It’s not made to replace the “pretty” smartphone that you already have, instead being pitched as the perfect companion for when you’re going skiing, mountain climbing, dirt biking, fishing, hiking, kayaking - and the list can go on and on with similar activities (as you'll see in the video embedded below). 

The XP7 Extreme is a bulky smartphone that won’t win any beauty contests, but that’s not its purpose anyway. The device resists to shock, impact, and drops on concrete (from 6.5 feet / 2 meters), and can be submerged in up to 2 meters of water (including salt water). It’s also dirt-, mud-, sand- and dust-proof, while also being resistant to oils and chemicals. On top of that, Sonim offers a 3-year warranty for the handset.

Running Android 4.4 KitKat, the Sonim XP7 Extreme sports a 4-inch Gorilla Glass display with 480 x 800 pixels. Other features: LTE and 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/r, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera, loud speaker, 16 GB of internal memory, and 1 GB of RAM. The handset is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, and includes a huge 4800 mAh battery that can provide a talk time of up to 40 hours, or a stand-by time of up to 1000 hours (that’s 41 days).

You can get yourself an XP7 Extreme smartphone if you contribute $579 to Sonim’s Indiegogo campaign at the first source link below. The company estimates that it will ship the handset in March 2015, alongside an Ultra Mobile SIM and $49 of prepaid credit (US only), a microUSB adapter, and a “Sonim Explorer virtual goodie bag”. Interested?


sources: Indiegogo, Sonim

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18 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

dat battery!

2. jcass5467 unregistered

Agreed that battery is crazy

3. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

The small screen with its low resolution kill it! ... Why did not you make it with 5 inch?

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

bigger screen means a higher risk of breaking it , and it will be big for people on expeditions

8. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

I'm all for bigger screens but you have a great point. Perfect size for someone hiking in the mountains, rafting through the water, getting dirty, working construction or just overall doing heavy labor intensive activities.

4. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

As usual, there extremely rugged phones are crap otherwise.

6. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

that crap rugged phones might just save us in times of disaster.

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It would've kill them to put in a higher res screen and S800 but I guess it is good for battery

13. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

A friend bought the latest caterpillar thats supposed to be a tank. Small drop ON THE TABLE and the bezel cracked open next to the screen.

7. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Any ideas who is carrying this? Sprint carries the Sonim XP Strike with Nextel Direct Connect which our company uses for field employees along with Blackberries for data. I believe the Strike is the worlds toughest smartphone as rated by Guiness world record. This would be a good replacement.

12. hitechredneck

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Right now Bell canada and Telus canada are carrying this phone. ATT is carrying the XP6.

9. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

dat battery!!!!!! but shame it's fall into lower-end category

10. Billajr

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Also it has no SD Card slot

14. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Yes cause your own safety is less important than having an SD card filled with movies. Cause what you do when you go to Everest or in the middle of jungle expedition is to watch movies and not enjoy the surroundings.

15. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

I won't buy a rugged phone unless it survives under lava.

16. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

needs to have stand-alone GPS. like nokia

17. moegonzalez

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 26, 2014

Doesn't Kyocera already make a phone pike this? Yeah they do and its much better and priced a lot lower than this. The Kyocera Brigadier includes a sapphire shield screen, it has a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 8mp camera on the back 2mp front facing. About the only thing this device has better is the battery life.

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Why are they advertising THIS BEASTLY of a phone when it's not available? just realease the thing.

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