HMD’s Nokia XR20 is a rugged phone built to last (with 4 years of security updates)

The new Nokia XR20 is an Android smartphone with mid-range specs that launches this week with a 2-year warranty and a promise that it will receive at least three major Android updates as well as security updates for at least four years. But with a growing number of Android phone makers promising to deliver years […]

Motorola Defy is a rugged smartphone (that’s not actually made by Motorola)

This year rugged phone maker Bullitt Group announced a partnership with Motorola to bring rugged Motorola-branded phones to market. Now the first one has arrived: the Motorola Defy is a waterproof, dustproof, drop-proof smartphone with a 5,000 mAh battery, mid-range specs and a mid-range price tag. It goes on sale next week in select European and […]

Acer launches Enduro line of rugged tablets and laptops

Acer is launching a new line of rugged computers designed for enterprise and industrial use. The new Acer Enduro line of devices include an 8 inch Android tablet, a pair of 10.1 inch Windows tablets, and a few 14 inch rugged laptops. These aren’t designed to be consumer devices, so I’m just going to give a […]

Unihertz Atom XL rugged 4 inch smartphone will cost $280 and up (or $169 and up during crowdfunding)

Smartphone screen sizes have crept ever-upward in recent years, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the upcoming Unihertz Atom XL has a much larger screen than the original Atom. But it’s still pretty tiny by modern smartphone standards. The Unihertz Atom launched in 2018 with a 2.45 inch smartphone. The Atom XL has a […]

Unihertz AtomXL 4 inch smartphone with a 48MP camera hits Kickstarter Feb 25th

The company that brought us the 2.45 inch Jelly smartphone in 2017 and the similarly-sized Atom a year later took a weird detour last year, by launching a BlackBerry clone called the Titan. Now Unihertz is returning to the small-screen smartphone space with a new model that’s larger… but still not very big. The upcoming Unihertz AtomXL will […]

Intel “Chaco Canyon” NUC is a rugged, fanless mini PC

Intel’s NUC line of computers are known for their compact size, which makes them interesting options for small spaces. They’re often used for digital signage or point-of-sale systems in retail settings, or just as tiny desktop computers in home or office spaces. They’re also popular with folks who want a small media-center computer. Most NUC […]

Lilbits 333: Windows on Snapdragon 850 is (almost) here

Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 850 processor in June, promising it would offer up to a 30 percent performance improvement for Windows-on-ARM laptops and tablets when compared with the Snapdragon 835 chip. Based on my experience with the Asus NovaGo and its Snapdragon 835 processor, Windows on ARM needs all the performance boosting it can get. […]

Panasonic launches Toughbook T1 handheld and Toughbook L1 tablet

This week Panasonic added the Toughbook N1 handheld device to its line of ultra-durable portable computing gadgets. Now the company is introducing two more models. The Panasonic Toughbook T1 is a rugged handheld with a 5 inch display, and the Toughbook L1 is a rugged 7 inch tablet. Both feature shock-resistant designs, dust and water […]

Panasonic launches Toughbook N1 rugged handheld for $1899

Panasonic is updating is line of rugged handheld devices with a new model that looks like a really thick (and really sturdy) smartphone. The Panasonic Toughbook FZ-N1 features a 4.7 inch 720p touchscreen display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, and a body that’s designed to withstand falls from heights of up to 7 feet. It […]