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Oukitel WP19 is a rugged phone with a 21,000 mAh battery for up to a week of battery life

My first cellphone was a Nokia handset that I only had to charge once every week or two. But all I really used it for was making phone calls and occasionally playing a game of snake on a tiny screen. Modern smartphones do a whole lot more, but they also consume far more power. And […]

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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 […]

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Panasonic Toughbook G2 is a rugged 2-in-1 tablet with a modular design for swappable components

Panasonic’s latest Toughbook computer is a rugged tablet 2-in-1 tablet with a detachable keyboard and a modular design. The Panasonic Toughbook G2 has a 10.1 inch display, support for up to a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor with vPro, and three modular expansion areas that you can use to customize the computer or swap out components on […]

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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 […]

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Volla Phone X will be a rugged smartphone that will likely support Android and Linux

The Volla Phone is a smartphone that’s designed to run either Android or Linux-based operating systems like Ubuntu. Made by a German startup called Volla, the phone was introduced through a crowdfunding campaign, and now sells for € 359 at the Volla Shop. Now it looks like Volla may be preparing to launch a second […]

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Lillbits: Acer’s rugged laptop and tablet, B&O’s bookshelf speaker, and Dell divests VMWare

Acer launched its first rugged laptops and tablets under the Acer Enduro brand last summer, and now the company is updating the line with a new 4.1 pound, 14 inch laptop with an IP53 certification for water and dust resistance and a MIL-STD-810H tested design and a 10 inch rugged tablet with the same certifications. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]