This post is a little different from other Cool Shit posts. The good folks at Extreme-Smartphone.com reached out to me and told me they were launching the second version of their X-Tel 9500 phone in South Africa.
Now, I’ll admit that name doesn’t exactly roll off your tongue. But it doesn’t really need to as this phone is more about getting things done than showing off.
Recently the likes of Sony and Samsung have been water and dust-proofing their phones. That’s cute if you accidentally drop your phone in a puddle. This phone wants to still be ready to go if a truck drives over it.
The company that makes this phone (X-Systems) makes everything from dump-phones to tablets, all ruggedised for the harshest conditions. They also have a focus on mobile security. That should make for a pretty good combo.
As for the X-Tel 9500 V2 we have some specs:
- Gorilla Glass 3.0
- IP68 Waterproof
- Physical Answer + Reject buttons
- Physical SOS side button
- Removable 2800 mAh battery
- Upgradeable battery (4500 mAh)
- 4G, Dual Sim
- Bluetooth LE
- Range Sensor
- Light Sensor
- 8MP Sony Camera
- 4″ FHD Screen
- Quad-Core 1.4GHz CPU
- Android 5.1
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB Storage
Now for the fun stuff: They claim this phone is “hexa-proof”, that means it is waterproof, dust-proof, shockproof, freeze-proof, tempe-proof, and oil-proof. That is a little bit more than the average smartphone will handle in its lifetime.
Local pricing is yet to be announced but in Europe it goes for 430EUR so it should be inline with similar spec Android smartphones.
It seems like there is quite a powerful phone hidden under that though exterior.
I’m waiting to get my hands on a review model and when I do, I’ll put this phone through its paces and see if it lives up to what it claims.