[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]t seems only natural that a manufacturer of hardy cars fill the niche for nigh-indestructible smartphones. Consumers know now the screens do their damndest to fracture at the slightest impact. Enter Land Rover’s Explorer, an Android-based phone built to soldier through harsh weather conditions and trying conditions.
From preliminary information, the phone’s perfectly fine with being plunged into even salt water, and has been drop-tested rigorously from a height of 1.8 metres (with a stock screen protector, Land Rover was careful to add) with no issue. This, thanks to an IP68 manufacture and Gorilla Glass 5, respectively. The default battery has an impressive capacity of 4000mAh, which translates to up to days of non-intensive use. For comparison, the iPhone X is fitted with a 2716mAh, and the Samsung Note 8 sports a 3,300mAh pack.
There are also options like bike mounts for the phone and additional batteries. The phones sold at launch will come with an Adventure Pack. This beefs up the accuracy and capabilities of the GPS functions on the Explorer via a GPS antenna. The Pack also includes a spare battery, a protective case, and a stainless steel carabiner that can attach to said case. One of our favourite features that we find essential to such a phone? Dual SIM slots, that allow the globetrotter to straddle two cell networks effortlessly. That, combined with some pre-paid access to advanced GPS software that mirrors the depth of oldschool topographical maps, truly earmark it as an adventurer’s phone.
The Explorer will be available for online orders beginning 26 Apr. The Peak is confirming whether the phone will be available in the Singapore market in time to come.