What is rugged phone?

July 26,2021

A rugged smartphone is a specific type of toughened smartphone which is designed to be completely sealed within a durable housing to protect it against damage from, among other things, water, shock, dust, and vibration. 

Rugged smartphones are designed to survive extreme weather and temperatures, accidental damage, and rough handling; making them ideal for working outdoors, or in harsh environments, along with use during extreme sports, such as sailing, rock climbing, etc. Most rugged smartphones will have been tested to tough IP68 standards.

It is important to note that not all waterproof smartphones will be ruggedised.

 

The following IP code ratings for ingress protection (IP), as defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard 60529 (equivalent to European standard EN 60529), are typically used for certifying various toughened and ruggedised smartphones.

 

Primary standard

IP56 — solid particle (dust) protection level 5 (partial protection against dust that may harm equipment), liquid ingress (waterproof) protection level 6 (protection against direct high pressure water jets (all directions)),  plus drop test of 1.5 metres (4 feet 11 inches), conventional vibration.

 

Intermediate standard

IP57 — solid particle (dust) protection level 5 (partial protection against dust that may harm equipment), liquid ingress (waterproof) protection level 7 (protection against full immersion for up to 30 minutes at depths between 15 centimetres (5.9 inches) and 1 metre (3 feet 3 inches) (limited ingress permitted with no harmful effects), plus drop test of 3 metres (9 feet 10 inches), conventional vibration.

 

Advanced (professional) standards

IP68 — solid particle (dust) protection level 6 (totally dust tight; full protection against dust and other particulates, including a vacuum seal, tested against continuous airflow), liquid ingress (waterproof) protection level 8 (protection against extended immersion under higher pressure (i.e. greater depths); precise parameters of this test will be set and advertised by the manufacturer, and may include additional factors such as temperature fluctuations and flow rates, depending on equipment type), plus drop test of 5 metres (16 feet 5 inches), conventional vibration.

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