“Built for Life,” the tagline that adorns Sonim’s new XP7 Android smartphone may need a more accurate description – “Built for Life in Manitoba.” From our windswept, tundra-like winters to our beautiful, blistering summers, the XP7 was made for the Prairies and those businesses that thrive in its toughest conditions.
At first glance the XP7, with its rubberized yellow and black casing, looks like it belongs alongside any traditional toolbox. That’s for good reason. Sonim is best known for designing its devices to take the same kind of abuse as your everyday hammer, and it has made no exceptions with the XP7.
The XP7 is resistant to a long list of elements:
- Drop resistance from two metres
- Temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius
- Temperatures as high as 55 degrees Celsius
- Corrosive liquids
The device is also great around machinery noise thanks to its extra loud speaker. Features like its bright, one-touch flashlight could even help end up replacing a few of your usual tools.
While that rugged case feels great in your hands, make no mistake – the XP7 is best used with a heavy pair of gloves. Large buttons make for easy access to features and its four-inch touch display can easily be used while wet or dirty. That’s a pretty handy feature when you’re out for certain industries like agriculture, manufacturing and construction. That display is also built for impact, with Corning Gorilla Glass that is viewable in direct sunlight – a common occurrence in all Manitoba seasons.
And yes you’re not seeing a blast from the past, the XP7 has a visible antenna. It’s not just there to be retro-chic, however. It’s actually built in with advanced MIMO technology (LTE and WiFi) that gives you the best chance to keep a signal when working in remote locations.
Now for the ever-popular battery discussion, and you won’t be disappointed. With a huge 4,800 mAh battery you’ll be keeping a charge longer when away from an outlet. A full charge on the battery will last for up to 1,000 hours on standby and 40 hours of talk time.
Despite its impressive exterior, Sonim made no sacrifices with internal specifications. The XP7 comes equipped with 16 GB of storage, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and Android 4.4 KitKat installed. It also has an eight-megapixel rear camera that is perfect for grabbing quick snapshots from the field or shop floor. Simply put, the XP7 can do most things your average smartphone can do – it just does them while being a whole lot tougher.
Of course, this device isn’t for everyone and every business. It’s fit for a tough and rugged environment, but won’t fit as sleekly into an inside jacket pocket or be used as discreetly at a conference. That said, the people that will love this device likely won’t be wearing a suit jacket every day. It’s made for out on the field and will get the job done just like its owners.
If you need confidence in your smartphone to stand up to anything your work environment can throw at it, then let the Sonim XP7 provide your business some much-needed peace of mind.
The Sonim XP7 is available now at MTS – our review covers the features and benefits of the device for Manitoba business. Have you used the Sonim XP7? Let us know your thoughts below.