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A pair of Crosscall rugged smartphones, the Core-M4 and Core-X4, are priced and headed to SA

We’ve already had a look at the Crosscall Core-T4 8in rugged tablet, which is aimed at the industry here in South Africa, but there’s also a pair of smartphones coming from the French company. This is the Crosscall Core-X4 and its younger companion, the Core-M4. No, M4 does not run faster.

Both phones are built with durability in mind, with IP68 support popular across the range. Basically, it will take some time (30 minutes on 2 metres) for the perimeter to destroy your device. But the ocean eventually destroys everything. Both are MIL-STD-810 tested, and both can handle temperatures from -25 degrees to 50 degrees. If you’re torn between which one to go for, the Core-M4 is a bit easier to handle in terms of size and weight.

You can buy M4

Crosscall M4 size 2The Crosscall Core-M4 is a smaller phone, with a 4.95in 960 x 480 screen at its disposal. Don’t be put off by the lack of resolution, the Core-M4 is designed to be a utilitarian device—mounted on a motorcycle or knocking on a construction site rather than making YouTube videos look good. To that end, the touchscreen works whether your hands are wet or you’re wearing gloves.

There’s a Snapdragon 215 at its heart, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Users can choose either dual SIM cards or a SIM and microSD card if you’re using this phone at home. There’s a 12MP rear camera as well as a 2MP front camera, but we wouldn’t expect anything special from either. They will probably take pictures – Huawei and Samsung have nothing to worry about,

The Core-M4 runs on Android 9.0, the phone supports GPS, features FM radio, and the whole device weighs 210 grams. If you want one, it will cost more than the specs suggest – R6700. It will be available in South Africa from August.

Another version of the phone called the Core-M4 GO, running Android Go (naturally), will cost R5,400. This one drops in September this year.

X-4: Days of Future Past

Crosscall Core X4 scaled 1Which brings us to Crosscall Core-X4, the rugged smartphone. We already know that she’s just as tough as her siblings, so let’s dive into what makes her so unique. The phone features the best display in the new Crosscall trio, a 5.45″ 1440 x 720 resolution that will work whether you’re wearing gloves or your hands are wet. There’s a 3,850mAh battery on the back of this thing, which should manage at least a day of on-site use.

The rest of the specs are similar to those of the Crosscall Core-T4 – the processor is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450, expect 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and you can add up to 512GB of additional space using a microSD. If you’re still there is room for dual SIM cards, which makes this very attractive to small business owners who do important things with gadgets.

The rear camera is a bit special, as it uses a 48MP Fusion setup that combines four pixels into one — which should translate to 12MP photos that look better than if you were just using a regular 12MP sensor. Up front is an 8MP sensor, in case you’re keen on taking selfies with mining gear, but don’t expect to blow up Instagram with the Core-X4’s cameras.

If you can’t live without one, they shoot at R9,500. It’s available in South Africa now, from a handful of locations. If you want to know exactly where Crosscall has collected those sites in one page. Vodacom and MTN are on the list, as is Takealot.

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