Land Rover unveils new ultra-rugged smartphone

Adventurous, outdoorsy types may be wary of taking their expensive smartphones out when skiing, hiking, or even off-road driving – but Land Rover could have the answer. It's created a new, ultra-rugged smartphone named the Explore.

The Android-powered blower is a fair bit bulkier than most modern smartphones, but packs a big punch. It's water, splash and dust resistant to military-grade IP68 resistance, and drop-proof to an impressive 1.8 metres. It also packs in a vast 4,000mAh battery, which the company says is capable of powering the phone for two full days with the screen constantly on.

Land Rover unveils new ultra-rugged smartphone
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If that's not quite enough, battery life can be doubled with a bulky 'Adventure' case, which not only adds an extra battery but improves the mapping capabilities by boosting the phone's GPS signal. It also adds a carabiner and strap, allowing the phone to be clipped to a belt or bag for easy access.

The five-inch touchscreen has been designed to be operable while wearing gloves in freezing temperatures, and gives access to weather and special off-road mapping software.

It's also fitted with a variety of outdoorsy tools to help improve your adventurous lifestyle activities – including data on wind and tides, plus a built-in compass and SOS light.

The phone's Android operating system gives it access to the same vast app library as other, less beefy smartphones, and it will work seamlessly with all of Land Rover's in-car apps.

"This is the smartphone we'd all like to own," said Joe Sinclair, of Land Rover. "A perfect combination of design and functionality that embodies the Land Rover DNA and enables customers to be outdoors for longer, with the confidence to go further."

The phone will be revealed to the public at the Mobile World Congress exhibition on February 26, and will go on sale shortly afterwards, priced at £599.

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