The first ever rugged 5G smartphone will go on sale within weeks

Blackview BV9900 Pro – $422.84 at AliExpress
(£334.18/AU$593.84)
While you wait for Blackview’s new 5G model, check out the BV9900 Pro, which combines a FLIR Lepton thermal sensor with a bargain price tag.View Deal

Challenger rugged smartphone brand Blackview will launch the campaign for its first 5G smartphone within the next few weeks on Indiegogo, which is rapidly turning into the preferred battleground for guerilla style, low cost marketing campaigns.

The BL6000 Pro owes its name to the 2016 BV6000, the company’s first successful foray into rugged smartphones, but will prove to be a different beast entirely with 5G connectivity baked in.

Based on the MediaTek Dimensity 800, it also features 8GB of RAM and 256GB onboard storage (hopefully UFS) with a triple rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel AI camera – likely to be the same as on the BV9900 Pro.

Add in a 5,280mAh battery and

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AGM A10 rugged smartphone review

At Tech Radar we’ve previously covered the AGM X1, X2 and X3 phones, and have generally considered them to be worthy of inclusion in our best rugged mobiles list.

What made these devices stand out is that they are all built to handle a dusty and wet environment, and plenty of hard knocks, but unexpectedly retain some elegance.

The last model we reviewed was the AGM X3, and it came at what we’d consider being a premium price. Can the AGM A10 deliver much of what made the X3 so good, but at a more affordable cost?

AGM A10 rugged smartphone

(Image credit: Mark Pickavance)

Price

At the time of writing, there is only a single model of the AGM A10 available in the UK, but it can be found with differing amounts of storage from the UK release in other regions.

The review version (4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage) can be

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Scientists study the rugged surface of near-Earth asteroid Bennu — ScienceDaily

As the days count down to NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s Touch-And-Go asteroid sample collection attempt, Southwest Research Institute scientists have helped determine what the spacecraft can expect to return from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu’s surface. Three papers published online by Science on Oct. 8 discuss the color, reflectivity, age, composition, origin and distribution of materials that make up the asteroid’s rough surface.

On October 20, the spacecraft will descend to the asteroid’s boulder-strewn surface, touch the ground with its robotic arm for a few seconds and collect a sample of rocks and dust — marking the first time NASA has grabbed pieces of an asteroid for return to Earth. SwRI scientists played a role in the selection of the sample sites. The first attempt will be made at Nightingale, a rocky area 66 feet in diameter in Bennu’s northern hemisphere. If this historic attempt is unsuccessful, the spacecraft will try again

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Doogee S88 Pro rugged smartphone review

Doogee is a Chinese phone brand that has focused but not exclusively, on rugged designs. Doogee is part of KVD International Group Limited headquartered in Shenzhen, China, and the business was only started in 2013.

After some noticeable successes, the company has embarked on a program of product expansion, and the new S88 Pro is one of its latest generation of rugged designs.

There is often a cynicism in the West towards Chinese phones, painting them as generally price-driven solutions. Will the S88 Pro confront that generalisation and demonstrate that it is more than the sum of its parts?

Doogee S88 Pro

(Image credit: Doogee)

Price

The Doogee S88 Pro is availably globally and can be found on the UK Amazon store for £259.99 and on Newegg USA for $299.99. That Newegg price is the price for the American version, but for an extra $20 you can also buy the ‘Global Edition’ that

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This huge rugged smartphone could replace your outdoor tablet – and at a low price

Oukitel WP8 Pro – $119.99 at AliExpress
(£96.91/AU$172.65)
This rugged smartphone from Oukitel delivers exceptional value for money, available at 40% off until September 29. Grab it while you can!View Deal

The Oukitel WP8 Pro doesn’t necessarily have any unique selling points that really wowed us, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a solid device – plus, it’s available at 40% off.

A balanced specification sheet, coupled with a great price means it’s an attractive proposition for anyone looking for a rugged smartphone that can double as an outdoor, waterproof tablet.

Its main selling point is a big 6.49-inch HD+ display, which is just slightly smaller than the 6.88-inch display on the BlackView BV6100.

Add in 4GB of RAM, 64GB onboard storage, Android 10, a massive 5Ah battery, NFC and IP68/69K/MIL-STD-810G and suddenly you have a rather enticing rugged smartphone indeed.

Granted, the entry level Mediatek Octacore CPU and

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CRFS Announce World’s First Rugged 40GHz Spectrum Monitoring Receiver

CRFS, a global leader in RF spectrum monitoring, management, and geolocation solutions, has created the world’s first rugged, high-performance 40GHz RF receiver, the RFeye Node 100-40.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200924005704/en/

Rugged 40GHz RF receiver inside a weather proof enclosure (Graphic: Business Wire)

Users of the RF spectrum are looking at higher frequencies to address the ever-increasing demands on congested data and communications networks. Previously, frequencies over 18GHz have been under-utilized, but now 20, 30 and even 40GHz are being used. With a 40GHz frequency range and 100MHz instantaneous bandwidth, the RFeye Node 100-40 answers the needs of customers who are looking to monitor these higher frequencies, not just in the test lab, but in the real world.

“Having an RF receiver that is capable of picking up signals from 9kHz to 40GHz is essential for many customers looking at future spectrum usage, in

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