S1 phone withstands elephant attack

Gaydon, UK – It’s been stomped on by an elephant, dunked in mud and baked in an oven, so for once we’re going to go with the PR hype and say, yes, it probably is the world’s toughest mobile phone.

Land Rover has teamed up with Sonim Technologies to launch the Land Rover S1, a phone aimed at those of us who are really, really careless with our gadgets.

The S1 is claimed to be totally impervious to dust, as well as dirt, shocks and drops. It’s also completely waterproof to a depth of one metre for up to 30 minutes, and is resistant to pressure of up to 400kg, as well as gasoline, oil, crush and puncture.

The first version will come equipped with a two-mega-pixel waterproof camera with built-in flash, antiglare and shock resistant 128 x 160 screen, built-in GPS, torch light, FM radio, 2GB memory slot, J2ME Java for mobile, WAP browsing through its in-built Opera Mini WAP browser and Bluetooth. Battery life is 1,500 hours standby, or 18 hours of talk time.

“We are very excited about the launch of the S1 mobile phone. Like our vehicles this phone is extremely capable and will work in the toughest of environments,” said Lindsay Weaver, Land Rover global licensing manager. “[It] is operational in temperatures ranging from -20 to 55 degrees Celsius and backed by an unconditional three-year guarantee.”

It’s available now in the UK for £300.