Dewalt introduces rugged construction smartphone

The Android-powered device is waterproof, dustproof, weatherproof, and can withstand drops up to two meters.

April 21, 2016 |

Photo: Dewalt.

As if we needed further proof that smartphones are tools. Dewalt, the maker of a plethora of devices and gadgets for construction pros, has introduced the MD501 smartphone.

The phone is designed for building industry workers. It is waterproof, dustproof, and it can withstand drops up to nearly six feet and temperatures from 144 F to below zero. It is IP68-certified, meaning it can be submerged in two-meter-deep water for up to 30 minutes. The touchscreen, which is made of the strong Gorilla Glass, can still be used with gloves. 

Along with all the standard smartphone features, like GPS, a 13 MP camera, a radio and MP3 player, and a Bluetooth receiver, the MD501 has dual SIM capabilities (making it easier to separate business and personal use) and Qi charging. Instead of having to connect and unplug cables, the phone can be charged by placing it on a Qi charging pad.

The MD501 is Android-powered and has 4G internet speeds. More specs and ordering information can be found here.

Dewalt is joining a market already occupied by construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, the maker of several industry-grade smartphones.

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