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Top 5 best rugged smartphones | May 2019

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We are enlisting the best of the best in the market to help out our readers from the last few years. Not all customers are keen to grab the premium flagships or mid-rangers instead their daily routine requires a smartphone with rugged capabilities. These smartphones are not only waterproof they also can bear shocks which makes them the best option for outdoor activities where you don't require Hifi smartphone instead of a rugged smartphone.

The rugged smartphones are mostly IP68 certified, they can bear against extreme temperature as well as accidental shocks. The rugged smartphones of this year are not what you expect from a traditional rugged device instead this year manufacturers tried to bring something special for instance having the infrared camera or they can detect Volatile Organic compound.

There are a few aspects which are common in every rugged smartphone, for instance, they all have sturdy chassis with water and dust resistance capabilities. So if you are amongst those who want a rugged smartphone and confused amongst so many options. We already listed best bezel-less smartphones, best flagships, best phablets, and many others. Today we will enlist the best-rugged smartphone currently available in the market. Without any further ado, let's have a look at the best-rugged smartphones of this year. Starting with the best one.


Those who are looking for a new rugged smartphone, the Chinese AGM brand is certainly not new for them. Last year the AGM X2 was on the top of the list as the best-rugged phone. Recently the company launched the third iteration of X series. The company claims the AGM X3 is the most rugged phone in the market. The device received MIL-STD 810G and IP68 certification. The best thing is AGM X3 is not only the sturdy phone but also amongst the slimmest rugged phone in the market.

So if you are looking for a thinner rugged phone the AGM X3 is a pretty good option. Apart from having a stylish design, it comes with flagship level hardware. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC is powering the phone with 6GB RAM. The built-in native storage is 64GB.

The X3 features a 5.9-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1. The device is running on Android Oreo 8.1 straight out of the box. The rear side comes with a single snapper of 12MP whereas the front-facing selfie snapper is 20MP. The device lights are kept on by a 4,100mAh battery cell.

Purchase AGM X3 for $658

Cat S61

Last year Caterpillar corp released S60 as the most rugged phone. It was indeed one of the best-rugged phones in the market. The S61 brings a number of improvements over the predecessor and it is currently the best-rugged smartphone available in the market. Mostly rugged smartphones available in the market doesn't have enough power under the hood but that's not the case with the Cat S61. It not only impresses because of its ultimate ruggedness but also because of being a powerhouse under the hood. The company opted the Qualcomm's Octa-core chipset to power the flagship S61.

Its dimensions are 162 x 77 x 13mm and weigh 259g. Being the rugged phone it is MIL Spec 810G and IP69 certified phone. The metal chassis with polycarbonate and rubber cover makes it quite sturdy to bear the extreme industrial conditions. The Cat S61 brings a couple of special features including distance measurement using laser and sensor to check the indoor air quality.

In terms of specs, the Cat S61 is featuring a 5.2-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 630 SoC is powering the phone with 4GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB. As OS the device is pre-installed with Android Oreo. The primary snapper on the rear is 16MP whereas the front-facing selfie snapper is 8MP. A 4,500mAh battery cell is on board to keep its lights on.

Grab CAT-S61 at $820

Blackview BV9500 Pro

Every rugged smartphone in this list has something different and special to lure buyers. The Blackview BV9500 Pro is a battery-centric rugged phone with a mammoth battery cell. It supports fast and wireless charging as well. Blackview has a number of rugged Android phones with a cheaper price tag but the BV9500 Pro is expensive amongst with special features like Push to talk which allows the user to use it as a walkie-talkie.

Due to the rugged design and gigantic battery, it is one of the bulky rugged phones. Those who want a rugged phone for outdoor which can last days on a single charge the BV9500 Pro is worth considering. The BV9500 Pro is featuring a 5.7-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 18:9.

Under the hood, the MediaTek Octa-core MT6763T chipset is powering the phone with 6GB RAM and native storage is 128GB. The rear side has single snapper of 13MP whereas the selfie snapper is 16MP. As OS it is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1. The overall package is run by a 10,000mAh battery cell.

Buy Blackview BV9500 Pro at 309 Euros

Sonim XP8

This year we haven't seen many OEMs bringing rugged phones except new phones from CAT. After a long delay of four years, Sonim is back once again with a new rugged phone XP8. The latest XP8 is the direct successor of XP7, it brings almost all goodies of its predecessor with few extra additions to be a worthy 2018 rugged phone.

Like its predecessor, the XP8 isn't meant for the regular users instead the company focuses on the workers of chemical plants, construction sites, electricians, firefighters and other jobs in hazardous conditions. The XP8 features FirstNet Ready certification, Push-To-Talk function so it can be utilized as walkie-talkie in case of emergency. Another prominent aspect of XP8 design is its three analog buttons for home, recent and back.

It features a dedicated red Alarm key which sends current location in case of emergency. There aren't many phones in the market with a removable battery, fortunately, XP8 comes with a removable battery and a dedicated slot for MicroSD. The XP8 has dual 100 dB+ speakers on the front. To protect the display against drops it comes with a protective lip. It is one of its kind phones which comes with IP68, IP68 and IP69K certifications which provides resistance against water up to 6.5 feet for 30 minutes.

As far as hardware specs are a concern the Sonim XP8 features a 5-inches IPS display with Full HD screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is protecting the display. Under the hood, the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630 chipset is powering the device with 4GB RAM. The Adreno 508 is on board as GPU. The device built-in storage is 64GB which can be further expanded using MicroSD. It is pre-installed with Android Nougat. The primary rear snapper is 12MP with PDAF whereas the selfie snapper is 8MP.

A 4,900mAH battery is on board to keep its lights on. The company claims the device can last 48 hours on normal usage. It comes with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4.0+ for fast charging. Last but not the least the company is offering 3 years warranty.

Grab Sonim XP8

Zebra TC75x

Last but not the least we have a compact rugged smartphone Zebra TC75x. Despite having a compact body it is the most expensive rugged smartphone announced this year because of its top-notch build quality and also it comes pre-loaded with business application suite. The Zebra TC75X is one of its kind devices in terms of features, build expertise from Motorola and price range. It can be grabbed for $2169 but you may mind better deal in coming days.

The Zebra TC75X is featuring 4.7-inches display with HD screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 650 SoC is powering the device with 4GB RAM and built-in memory is 32GB. The primary rear snapper is 13MP whereas the camera on the front is 5MP. A 4,620mAh battery cell is on board to keep its lights on. As OS the device is running on Android Marshmallow.

​Grab Zebra TC75X for $2169



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This is one of the better buying guides that I have stumbled upon here for rugged phones. Why I say this is because other guides have been about smartphones, but this is for rugged phones.

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