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Sonim’s XP3 rugged flip phone gets upgraded

Sonim’s XP3 rugged flip phone gets upgraded

New features add plus points to an already impressive old-school backup phone for fieldwork

If you want to phone it in old school from the wild, there is probably no better device you can pick than Sonim Technologies’ XP3.

Until now that is, because Sonim has just announced an upgrade to its well-renowned rugged flip phone.

Appropriately named the XP3plus, the updated device will, according to a press release, have a larger display, additional programmable buttons to improve productivity, a new user interface with dynamic soft keys, a larger battery, and large, glove-friendly Push-to-Talk and Emergency/SOS buttons.

Having had the original XP3 (below) for a few months, I can say that it is one tough little phone. It has dual SIM capability, a decent speaker and a rugged rubberized body that you won’t be afraid to take to the bush or the beach. As it uses a cut-down version of Android, it also has a familiar user interface (allowing for the fact that it is only a couple of inches across and not touchscreen-capable).

For me, the biggest downside of the XP3 in the field is that it can’t display maps. Hence, I keep it in the bottom of my backpack as a backup device that I can dig out if my smartphone fails. It is small, lightweight and tough. It has a web browser, too, which I found worked surprisingly well for keeping up with England games during Euro 2020.

Sonim would also like you to know the following from its press release announcing the XP3plus:

This compact flip phone meets Sonim’s Rugged Performance Standards (RPS). Based on more than ten years of feedback from customer usage in the world’s most extreme environments, Sonim Rugged Performance Standards consist of 12 benchmarks of endurance and durability and reassure Sonim customers at work or play. The XP3plus is drop proof and waterproof. It can withstand drops from 1.5 meters onto concrete and be submerged in 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes.

Audio quality in Sonim devices is superior and the XP3plus is no exception. The 100dB+ ultra-loud and clear audio speaker with noise-cancellation is loud enough to be heard in the noisiest construction site, manufacturing floor or family gathering. The flip phone comes with Sonim’s industry-leading 3-year comprehensive warranty that prevents the cost of device replacement.

The XP3plus is now available via T-Mobile online and will be available in stores on Oct. 22. To learn more, visit Sonim XP3plus. To purchase the XP3plus from T-Mobile, visit T-Mobile XP3plus.

To see the XP3plus in action, watch Sonim’s promotional video below.

Source: Sonim Technologies via PR Newswire. All images are copyright of Sonim Technologies.

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