Sonim releases its first rugged 3G handset in UK


Ruggedised phone manufacturer is releasing the XP 5300, which it claims can be submerged in water for an hours, dropped from 2 metres on to concrete, and will survive extreme temperatures

US-based ruggedised phone maker Sonim is releasing the 3G version of its XP5300 FORCE handset in the UK.

The XP 5300 Force 3G, which will cost around £400, is the first 3G handset to be released by Sonim in Europe.

Sonim claims the XP 5300 will survive submersion in waste water 2 metres deep for an hour and a fall on to concrete from 2 metres.

The device is also designed to work in temperatures ranging from -20°C to +55°C. It comes with a 3-year warranty.

It has a 2-inch high-resolution display covered in 1.5mm thick Gorilla glass.

The XP 5300 also features GPS with up to 24 hours of tracking time, and the firm said the device is ideal for workers in construction, logging and transportation.

Sonim CEO Bob Plaschke said: “The XP5300 FORCE is Sonim’s first 3G phone for Europe and it brings all our legendary toughness, that has included surviving a 25 meter drop test, being driven over by a Hummer H2 and use as a hockey puck.”

The XP 5300’s predecessor, the XP3300, is the Guinness World Record holder for the toughest handset after surviving an 82-foot drop.