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Digital edge: The Land Rover Explore is a phone built for adventure

When planning your next hike or camping trip, the last thing you would bring along would be your iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9. No matter how durable the case you’ve squeezed your four-digit phone into, it’s not practical to have it exposed to the elements.

Cue the Land Rover Explore, a smartphone that won’t break your heart if it happens to slip from your palm.

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The rugged Land Rover Explore was inspired by the Land Rover Discovery SUV.

The Land Rover Explore was recently announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Its design was inspired by the Land Rover Discovery SUV, and was co-developed with Bullitt Group, an authority in building rugged phones. You can expect that the phone will still turn out fine no matter what trials you put it through.

It has been tested to withstand a drop height of 1.8 metres, and boasts an Ingress Protection rating of IP68. That means that not only will dust, dirt, and sand barely affect the device; it can also survive water immersion of up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes.

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Even if you drop your Land Rover Explore into a muddy ditch, you won’t need to freak out thanks to its drop-proof body and IP68 rating.

The Land Rover Explore also has a whopping 4,000mAh battery, and it comes with an accompanying ‘Adventure Pack’ that gives you an additional 3,600mAh battery. To put all this in perspective, the iPhone X has a 2,716mAh battery, and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ has a 3,500mAh one.

Having more than twice the battery capacity of the latest smartphones should alleviate all your concerns that your phone will run out of juice midway through your hike. If you’re embarking on a longer adventure, you can get a bigger battery pack at 4,370mAh to tide you through.

The Land Rover Explore will be available for purchase starting 26 April 2018. Price details TBC.


Josiah Neo
Josiah Neo is a tech writer who contributes occasionally to the fashion, travel, and culture beats. When he’s not busy keeping up with the keynotes, he’s probably stuffing his face with the best Melbournian donuts (at Shortstop, BTW) or watching his favourite esports team, the Los Angeles Valiant, pummel their opponents into oblivion.