We do know that NFC (Near Field Communication) capability is getting integrated into more and more devices, but how many of those devices are still able to work after, say, dropping down onto a concrete floor from a storey high? Or what happens when you accidentally drop that NFC-enabled device into the toilet bowl? Save yourself from all the fretting and worrying with the Sonim XP1301 Core NFC – this phone has been touted to be the most rugged NFC handset to date.

Specially designed for markets in cleaning, security guarding, facilities management, equipment maintenance and home visit healthcare, the XP1301 Core NFC will be able to enhance services by delivering quality assurance, provide real time business intelligence right from the client site and improve the safety of field staff via indoor location positioning.

Some of the key applications supported by the XP1301 Core NFC are Guard Tour Verification, Proof of Activity and Real Time Attendance reporting. Capable of working within a range of 4cm, it can read or write information to a contactless tag placed at various key locations at a client site. Imagine that, your phone being your multi-purpose access card, while coming in a tough-as-nails package.

Just how tough is it? Let’s just say it lives up to the standards that Sonim has set, being dropped from 2 meters onto concrete is no problem, and with its IP68 specification, you can leave it submerged in two metres of water for up to an hour without any issue. Never mind if you work in Siberia or in the middle of the Sahara, it can still operate in temperatures from -20 to +55 Celsius, while sporting an impact and puncture proof Corning Gorilla Glass screen.

Each purchase will be accompanied by a 3-year comprehensive warranty that covers not only manufacturer’s defects but also accidental damage. Expect to see the XP1301 Core NFC sell for 355 Euros (unlocked) prior to tax. Any takers?

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