sonim-xp7When it comes to rugged handsets, there is a growing number of models available for the masses. However, rugged handsets do not look as sleek as a regular smartphone, as they tend to bulk up in order to offer the adequate amount of protection. Well, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Active and the Kyocera Hydro Life happen to be part of this growing niche market, and Sonim intends to take things to the next level with their latest Sonim XP7.

What makes the Sonim XP7 different from the rest of the rugged smartphones out there is this – this happens to be an IndieGogo project, where it is looking for up to $150,000 of funding from the masses in order to become reality. However, one ought to take note that this campaign happens to be part of the “Flexible Funding” program, which means all funding will be received even if the goal is not met.

Just what does the Sonim XP7 carry? For starters, it comes with a 4” Gorilla Glass 2 display with Glove Touch and Blanview Display technologies, runs on a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, has 1GB RAM, a 4,800mAh battery, 16GB of internal memory, and Android 4.4 KitKat in tow, all crammed into a chassis that is rather bulky, measuring 137mm x 72.1mm x 20.8mm.

It will conform to the IP68/69 waterproof/dustproof ratings, which means you can place it in water up to 2 meters for 30 minutes, and it is also capable of withstanding sudden shocks of up to 30G and vibrations from 5Hz to 500Hz to 5Hz. Are you in a hot or cold situation? Fret not, the XP7 too, is temperature resistant as it operates fully from -20° C to 55°C.

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