MWC 2011: Sonim's Phone Can Survive Being Encased In Ice, Resin

Posted: Feb 15 2011, 6:48am CST | by , in News | MWC


MWC 2011: Sonim's Phone Can Survive Being Encased in Ice, Resin
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Finally, a phone you can drop in the toilet. Or the Baltic Sea.


Most phones only need to be capable of surviving the occasional drop or spray of rain. But there are people out there with dirty jobs and interesting hobbies. If you spend a lot of time wading through stagnant bogs, rock-climbing, or messing around with caustic chemicals, you might need something a little tougher than the "protection" a thin metal body and big glass touchscreen delivers.

Enter Sonim. They've been debuting their new line of RPS-certified handsets designed for people who are ridiculously tough on their gear. So how hardy are these phones? Here's a jug of antifreeze and dry ice. It's around -20 degrees. Not the most hospitable environment for a phone, to put it lightly.



And here's that same jug with a phone in it.



And that's the least intensive demo Sonim had on display. They also encased several of their handsets in resin. Then they used freaking chisels to chip away at the front until the screen was visible. None of the phones seemed adversely effected by this "inconvenience".



Sonim's opus was a tower made of ice. With handsets frozen in the center. A quick phone call proved that all of the frozen phones still worked perfectly. Antarctic explorers, this is the phone for you.




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