The Best Rugged Smartphones In 2021

In this article, we will be highlighting the best rugged smartphones you can buy in 2021.

Rugged Smartphone design has changed quite a lot over the past few years. There are now phones that are very elegant, with all-glass builds, and large displays with minimal bezels across the price spectrum. In this article, we will be highlighting the best rugged smartphones you can buy in 2021.

Unfortunately, most newly produced phones aren’t suitable for those that work in more fierce environments, like construction. And that is where a good rugged smartphone can make all the difference. In this article, we will be highlighting the best rugged smartphones you can buy.

Here Are The Best Rugged Smartphones In 2021.

1. BlackView BV9900

The Best Rugged Smartphones In 2021
Best Rugged Smartphone

The latest and greatest from the company the BV 9900 features nice specs and features. Also, it can survive in almost any environment. The phone comes with IP68 and IP69K ratings for dust and waterproofing, a MIL-STD 810G certification for impact protection, and can withstand temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit) and as high as 55 degrees Celsius (131 degrees Fahrenheit). It can be charged wirelessly, supports NFC, and comes with a UV meter and hygrometer. Decent specs and a good camera setup which makes it rank one of the best-rugged smartphones currently available. There’s a Pro model, too, adding thermal imaging.

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2. Ulefone Armor 11 5G

The Ulefone Armor 11 5G is the latest in a long line of strong phones from Ulefone, and the second to support 5G networks because it uses the MediaTek Dimensity 800 5G chipset. It has IP68 and IP69K ratings for dust and water resistance. You also get MIL-STD 810G certification.

It comes with a 6.1-inch display, along with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. A big 5,200mAh battery, and also supports 10W wireless charging. You are getting five rear sensors with this phone. It starts with a 48MP main camera, a 13MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP sub camera. A 20MP sensor is made especially for night vision photography. It uses two  two IRLED lights so you can take pictures in complete darkness. There’s also a 16MP front facing camera.

3. Doogee S96 Pro

The Best Rugged Smartphones In 2021
Best Rugged Smartphone

In this phone, You get IP68 and IP69K rating for dust and waterproofing and a MIL-STD 810G certification for impact protection. Comes with good mid-range specs, including 8GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, and 6,350mAh battery that supports 10W wireless charging.

In it’s phone camera, you are getting a 16MP front camera and a quad rear camera setup. There’s a  48MP main sensor, an 8MP wide-angle camera, and a 2MP macro camera. Rear sensor 20MP night vision camera. It allows you to take high end black and white images at night.

4. Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro

Best Rugged Smartphones

The Galaxy Xcover Pro comes with a solid processor, decent cameras, and good battery life. Of course, the important point is how rugged the phone is. Like the other phones on this list, you get a MIL-STD 810G certification and an IP68 rating. The battery is also removable and the back cover opens on influence to keep the phone and the battery safe.

5. Unihertz Atom XL

The Best Rugged Smartphones In 2021
Best Rugged Smartphone

The Unihertz Atom gets the XL treatment, with the screen size jumping from 2.45-inches to 4-inches with an IP68 rating for dust and waterproofing and a MIL-STD 810G certification for impact protection. It offers a unique walkie-talkie function with an impressive range of up to 8km. Also, it comes with an upgraded camera setup that is good enough to take on some mainstream mid-range devices out there. You can get the phone via Amazon.

6. CAT S62 Pro

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Caterpillar, known for its large construction vehicles and machines, also sells a series of rugged phones and has a bit of a history of keeping up with some solid models. The Cat S62 Pro features decent mid-level hardware, quite a sleek design compared to previous Cat phones, and it’s jumped up to the military’s tougher MIL-STD 810H standard instead of 810G, boosting thermal shock performance. Additionally, the new FLIR Lepton 3.5 sensor does a much better thermal imaging job over previous models. It is a touch more pricey than the previous Cat S52 and S61 but the jump in specs makes light work of any complaints.

7. Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G UW

Best Rugged Smartphone

The only rugged phone that can connect to Verizon’s fast UW 5G speeds. It has a 5.45-inch display that’s protected by tough Sapphire Glass. Its purpose is to protect the screen from falling into a stone driveway or from accidental key scratches. However, the screen can be used with wearing gloves, or in the rain. It has an  IP6X dust resistance rating and an  IPX5/IPX8 water resistance rating. Packed with 765 Snapdragon 5G processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. There’s a microSD card slot to add up to 1TB of additional storage.

It has a 24MP rear camera with Super Night Vision for better nighttime photos and videos with 16MP ultrawide rear camera and a Time of Flight sensor for faster autofocus. There’s also an 8MP front-facing camera. It can put in data in a photo or video that shows info like speed, elapsed time, travel distance, and more.

The phone has a 4,500mAh battery and supports wireless charging. It costs $899.99 without a contract or $37.49 a month for 24 months. That concludes this list of some of the best rugged phones you can get that can stay safe in any condition.

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Stella Taylor
Stella Temidayo Taylor is a staff writer for Novabach, she is a content writer with years of experience and has written for many websites on a different niche such as Entertainment, Politics, Lifestyle, Health, Business, Technology and well experienced in journalism.

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