Quite frankly, the last missing piece in Samsung’s impressive Android lineup in the United States was probably a rugged device, and the Samsung Rugby Smart for AT&T has arrived to fix that wrong. The handset has been built up to the MIL-STD-810f military spec standards. It is dust proof, shock resistant, and can be be submerged in up to 1m of water for up to 30 minutes. Extreme temperatures are also welcome as long as the Samsung Gravity Smart is concerned.
The smartphone is also a curious example of the enormous parts bin, which the Korean company has on tap. Its external shell is practically identical to the one found in the Samsung S5690 Galaxy Xcover, while the handset’s internals, save for its display, have been taken from the Galaxy W I8150 production line.
The tough guy, which is on our hands today features a single-core Scorpion CPU, clocked at 1.4GHz and a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. The GPU is Adreno 205. There is 512MB of RAM and 2GB of built-in memory, which can be further expanded via microSD card slot. The screen is an old favorite of ours – a 3.7″ Super AMOLED with WVGA resolution and pixel density of 252ppi. A 5MP camera, capable of capturing 720p videos can be found on the device’s back, and a 1.3MP unit at its front.
For a rugged device, the Samsung Rugby Smart is extremely pocketable. The smartphone’s measures are 122.4 x 65.9 x 12.2 mm, while its weight tips the scale at the impressive for such a device, 119 grams. Quite frankly, the device is on the short list of handsets we’ve seen lately, which can be easily handled with one hand.
There are no surprises on the software side of the Samsung Rugby Smart. The smartphone runs a TouchWiz-ed Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread out of the box. Check it out on video below, along with some hands-on action.
We are off now to put the Rugby Smart through its paces, and find out if it is really as tough as it looks. Expect to find our further impressions in a full review soon!