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A few months after launching the Unihertz Tank 3 rugged smartphone with a massive 23,800 mAh battery, Unihertz has unveiled a new model that’s significantly smaller and cheaper. But the Unihertz Tank Mini 1 keeps some of the rugged, outdoorsy features.

The new smartphone has a 4.3 inch display and a rugged body with an 800 lumen flashlight and a 40 meter laser rangefinder built in. According to the product page on AliExpress, customers will be able to order the phone for $200 and up between January 25 and January 31.

That store listing is a little confusing though, because it looks like you can already buy the phone, but you’ll have to pay $500 and wait until February 20 for it to ship.

But let’s be honest, I’m not writing about this phone because I think anyone should buy it. I’m writing about it because it’s weird.

The Tank Mini 1’s rugged body means that it’s thicker than most modern smartphones, at 23mm (about 0.9 inches) thick. But thanks to its small screen, the phone is still pretty easy to fit in a pocket. And the 240 gram smartphone is a lot smaller than the Tank 3, which measure 31mm (1.2 inches) thick and weighs 666 grams (1.47 pounds).

Unihertz still manages to pack a 5,800 mAh battery in the Tank Mini 1, and the phone’s chunky body is rater IP68 for dust and water resistance. It’s also said to offer some protection against falls or shocks.

The phone’s 4.3 inch screen is an IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1200 x 540 pixels and support for up to 500 nits brightness. Other specs include a MediaTek Helio G99 processor, 12GB of LPDDR4x memory, 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage, and support for 4G LTE.

The Tank Mini 1 has a 100MP rear camera and a 32MP front-facing camera, support for microSD cards up to 1TB, and a USB-C port with support for 33W fast charging.

It ships with Android 13, and the company offers no promises that it’ll ever receive a software update.

press release via Phablet.jp and NotebookCheck

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  1. it working in -20 Cesius?
    it working more than week?
    it have a mesh network? wifi, ble, lora , whatewer ….

    eh…….

    1. You can answer all of those questions from the spec sheet, and you could answer most of them from common sense. For example, of course it doesn’t have LoRa, because no phone does. Of course it has WiFi and BLE, because it was designed in the last ten years. Whether it lasts a week depends a lot on what you intend it to do. It probably won’t last a week if you’re recording video for ten hours a day. It well might if you need it to be on standby to receive calls. It follows the typical rules of Android power consumption with a relatively low-power SoC and screen and a larger battery than normal, though not unusually massive like their weirder and heavier phones.

  2. If it’s a Unihertz phone, it’s a piece of shit. I own a Unihertz Titan and it’s a $400 paperweight. What a waste of money and my time. Unihertz is unresponsive to me in trying to get it fixed. They failed to mention that only T-Mobile will carry service for it in the USA. Misrepresenting electronic devices is FRAUD, but Unihertz doesn’t care.

    1. it is unclear what bands they cover, the only way to be sure is to check what phones carriers sell. If your carrier doesn’t sell it then it likely won’t work =(

      1. This is exactly what shut down my hopes for purchasing a Zenphone, carrier doesn’t support its limited bands. The S23 was the closed equivalent. I did not buy either one.

        Your provider franchisee representatives are likely to be extremely unhelpful and stupid. Mine kept on telling me conflicting things.

  3. Make the stupid Jelly phone a bit larger display but as thin as a normal phone and with ip68 with a removable battery and donate 50 models to Ubuntu Touch. Make sure hardware is open enough so that the battery life is competitive. Make it an affordable flagship. That is the only thing that will ever get me interested in buying a Unihertz product. It will definitely never happen.

    1. So you’d like a completely different product? Don’t get me wrong, if someone built what you’re describing, I’d probably want one, but you’re asking for something that nobody makes and somehow suggesting that Unihertz is specifically the one failing to achieve it. Sorry, they’re going for Android rather than Ubuntu because there are a lot more people who want to run Android apps than want to mess with an OS that’s still experimental after seven years of work. There’s not enough demand for open at the cost of so many downsides to make much hardware for it.

      1. True, and if it ever were a success it would probably end up like another Android or IOS somehow.

  4. I’ve been tempted by a Unihertz phone several times, they scratch that itch of absurdity and feature overload that smartphones used to, but I’m too put off by their lack of post release support to pull the trigger. Shame.

  5. A 500 nit screen on an outdoor device is just unusable. It needs a sustained brightness of at least 1,000 nits. The old Panasonic toughbooks had 700 nit screens and I thought they were unreadable in sunlight.

    1. You expect a lot from a non-Samsung display, Unihertz is Made in China, so is a miracle that it does not smell like recycled plastics, toxic cancerous slurry and human feces like the average Walmart toy for children.

  6. I have the Unihertz Atom L, which seems like basically the predecessor of this phone and it’s totally fine. Camera is crap and it’s now too out of date to use the app for my car, but what I wanted was a half decent phone that wasn’t going to break on me and I’m generally pleased. My biggest complaint is that it’s super heavy, but that is what it is.

  7. It’s advertising like it’s got all the hardware I ever wanted out of a phone, but that’s how I know it’s never going to live up to that.

    1. In my experience, the major problem with Unihertz devices is updates. The hardware is pretty reliable and the software generally has all the stuff you need and no bloatware, but whatever Android version you start with is the last Android version they’ll release. They do release security patches, but not as frequently as you’d like and there’s no guarantee they do it forever. They’re popular devices for people to port Lineage OS to, but they’re undocumented enough that those are unofficial ports. I have run one of them and everything I used was working, but there was no guarantee it would stay that way.