Nokia toughens up
Rugged phone uncovered?
Nokia may have sprung a leak, because details have seeped out online about a handset that’s rumoured to be the Finnish firm’s upcoming rugged handset.
Nokia's rugged 3720?
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The handset manufacturer has launched rugged phones before, such as the 5140i. But a mole has claimed that Nokia’s latest attempt – rumoured to be called the 3720 – will sport an IP-54 classification.
As far as shock, dust and water resistance certification levels go, IP-54 isn’t the highest available. Sonim’s recently launched Land Rover S1, for example, sports IP-67 certification – meaning that phone’s body is dust proof and able to withstand immersion for up to 30 minutes in 1m of water.
The IP-54 rating of Nokia’s 3720 would mean that, although the phone isn’t dust proof, it does have some resistance to it. The phone would also be protected against splashed water but wouldn't able to withstand complete submersion.
Nokia’s keeping mum about the 3720’s existence, but the mole added that the handset could appear in stores this September. ®
Looks like the N78 but with proper buttons. The N78 I have is a decent enough phone but the designer was clearly just having a laugh with the keypad.
The 5140i was a great little phone. Survived a couple of years being used mainly around building sites and was covered in all sorts of crap by the time I finally upgraded. But it was the thick rubber coating that really made it. Sure, it would pick up scuffs and scratches but it didn't really matter. This thing looks all glass, steel and plastic. There is no way you would catch me using it in the same way as their last one.
Looks like the Samsung Solid (do they still sell that?) or the Sonim then. I refuse to be seen with the bright yellow JCB one!