ZTE, one of the leading Chinese Android manufacturers, is preparing to release its first rugged Android smartphone as indicated in the Telecommunications Authority database in China. The device which is called the ZTE G601U has a rugged body that will allow it to survive bumps or drops and comes with decent specs similar to most low to mid range devices available in the market.
ZTE G601U Technical Specifications
- Operating System: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- Display: 4-inches (800×480 pixels)
- CPU: 1.3GHz dual-core
- RAM: 1GB
- Storage: unknown but expandable using microSD
- Rear Camera: 5MP with LED flash
- Front Camera: VGA
- Others: 3.5mm audio jack, GPS, WI-Fi, Bluetooth
- Dimensions:27.4 × 66 × 12mm
- Weight: 156g
- Battery: 2500mAh
This model has just received certification allowing it to be released in the Chinese market.
ZTE will be joining other brands such as Kyocera, Casio, and even Sony in the rugged smartphone market with this model. While it is built to withstand extreme conditions its internals are quite underwhelming. It’s basically a device you will use in making calls or sending messages when you are in an environment where a normal smartphone may get damaged (wet jungle, sandy dessert, snowy outdoors).
From its photos we could see that it has a reinforced rubber exterior which will allow it to survive shocks however it is still unknown if it is waterproof. No information can be found if this model can survive a drop in the sink.
Powering this device is a 1.3GHz dual core processor with 1GB of RAM which is enough to run all of the essential features of the device. Since the device has low power requirements then the 2500mAh battery should be able to last at least a day for even the most demanding user.
This will be a perfect companion to hikers or those who have an active lifestyle as it will be able to function well under various conditions.
We will probably be seeing more of the ZTE G601U in MWC 2014 next month unless the company will unveil it sooner.
As far as availability goes it’s definitely going to be released in the Chinese market with a still unknown price.