ZTE gets into the rugged smartphone game with the G601U
Move over, Kyocera, Casio… even Sony! There’s another company that seems to want in the rugged Android smartphone game, and it’s ZTE.
The Chinese giant has just received certification for sale in its home country for the G601U, a handset that looks and feels rugged and isn’t ashamed of it. It comes with a design reminiscent of Kyocera’s and Casio’s respective lines of rugged devices, and with equally unimpressive specs.
The ZTE G601U (which should hopefully get a more memorable name by the time it launches) sports a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a VGA front camera, a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 127.4x66x12 mm, and it weighs 156 grams – so clearly it’s not the most compact or the lightest handset out there with a 4-inch screen. All that added ruggedness must be to blame, though.
The battery capacity is a nice surprise for a device with such lowly specs, and it should ensure full-day use without a problem for even the most demanding of owners.
Although based on the specs it certainly could, it’s unclear whether the ZTE G601U will ever make it to anywhere outside of China. Even so, it’s at least interesting to see what that particular company’s first rugged offering looks like.