Nokia teamed up with Mobile GmbH, a German company, and launched two new rugged, industrial phones: the new Nokia HHRA501x and Nokia IS540.1.

Both the Nokia HHRA501X and IS540.1 are rugged phones made for first responders and those working on high-risk jobs — from ATEX Zone 1 and Zone 2. Made for the global market, the devices have attained all the required certificates and frequency bands.


A detailed specs list was not released, but they did say that the Nokia IS540.1 has a compact 6-inch display, which is only protected by the old Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by a Qualcomm QCM6490 octa-core processor, which is on par with the Snapdragon 7 series, and is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

There’s a 5-megapixel sensor for selfies, while on the back, we have a decent 48-megapixel shooter. Keeping the lights on is a 4,400mAh battery.


Those are definitely not the most impressive specs we’ve seen from a rugged smartphone. However, Nokia did detail the reasons why rugged phones are “best for your operations”, letting you know that they know what they are doing.

As per Nokia, the new phones are IP68 and MIL-810H-rated phones to withstand harsh and industrial environments; they are easy to operate even if you’re wearing gloves, have large programmable keys, and a range of rugged accessories; support for push-to-talk and push-to-video; and as said earlier, support for a wide range of LTE and 5G bands anywhere you are in the world.


Since it’s not a commercial release, you have to reach the Nokia Digital Automation for Campus sales reps to get the Nokia HHRA501X or the Nokia IS540.1.

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