Just a couple of days after the Samsung Rugby Smart showed us its face in leaked renders, the device has been made officially official by AT&T. Launching on March 4th for $99.99 with a two-year contract, the Rugby Smart is built to mil-spec 810f standards, meaning it can withstand dust, extreme temperatures and can be submerged in 1m of water for up to half an hour. Here's the Rugby Smart's spec rundown:
The Rugby Smart sounds like a pretty decent smartphone considering its $100 price tag, especially if you're in the market for a phone that can take a beating and keep on ticking. Here's to hoping that AT&T and Samsung can treat the device to an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade after it spends some time being rugged out in the wild. You can find an AT&T video demoing the durability of the Rugged Smart below, followed by its official press release.
Samsung & AT&T Deliver Brains and Brawn
Waterproof and Dustproof Samsung Rugby® Smart Available Starting March 4
Dallas, Texas, February 23, 2012
On March 4, AT&T* will begin selling the Samsung Rugby® Smart in company-owned retail stores and online. The smartphone will be sold for $99.99 with a two-year commitment and monthly minimum data plan.
Samsung Rugby® Smart is dustproof, can be submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes, and can withstand extreme temperatures.**
Runs on Android™ 2.3 with 4G capabilities and boasts a virtual QWERTY keyboard, 3.7-inch Super AMOLED™ touchscreen display, 5MP camera and an integrated flashlight.
Samsung Rugby® Smart
The Samsung Rugby® Smart is a rugged, dustproof device designed to handle the elements with water resistance (submergible up to 1m for 30 minutes) and built to mil-std 810f military spec standards**.The Android 2.3 smartphone features a 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen display and a 5MP camera with HD video recording***. It also supports 4G service, Wi-Fi®, corporate email and the full line of media including location, music and social networking services. From the work site to the camp site and beyond, Rugby Smart fulfills all your smartphone needs with the physical strength to handle whatever life throws at it.
Technology: GSM, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA+
Operating System: Android 2.3
Display: 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display
External Memory: Supports up to 32GB via microSD™
Internal Memory: 4GB
Dimensions: 122.4mm x 65.9mm x 12.19mm
Weight: 4.2 oz
Camera: 5MP rear facing with flash and auto focus with HD 720p video capture; 1.3 MP front facing camera;
Battery: 1650 mAh LiIon Poly
Talk Time: Up to 8 hours
Standby Time: Up to 16 days
“The Samsung Rugby Smart is perfect for active customers who need another level of durability with their smartphone,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “It is water and dustproof and has all the features of a leading smartphone.”
“We continue to bring the highest quality devices – the Rugby Smart is the ultimate smartphone to withstand extreme conditions,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “AT&T customers are now able to stay connected with a durable smartphone while experiencing even the roughest environment.”
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