Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tool maker DeWalt launches the tough and rugged, MD501 smartphone (no otterbox required)

DeWalt is a common brand of power tools, but this week it announced its first smartphone, the MD501. The new phone pairs rugged looks with tough durability — it's rated IP68 for water resistants (up to 2m of immersion for 30 minutes), 810G for drops (survives 2m drops to concrete), and can work in temperatures from -20 degrees up to 60 degrees centigrade. The MD501 can also work with gloves, even though it's a full touchscreen device.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, DeWalt doesn't actually manufacture the MD501 — that job's handled by Global Mobile Communications — it's just providing the brand on the device. In addition to its rugged specs, the MD501 has LTE support (unfortunately not for US networks), a 13-megapixel camera, 1.3GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, 5-inch 720p display, 3,950mAh battery, Qi wireless charging, and Android 5.1 Lollipop. DeWalt also notes that it has amplified loudspeaker for clearer speakerphone calls at noisy jobsites. It's not clear when the MD501 will be available for purchase, but it's expected to cost around $544 when it is available.

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