Aspera Mobile has added to its rugged phone range launching the 4G R40, that marries the familiar rugged design with an IP68 rating making its waterproof to at least one metre depth for 30 minutes.

The device is marketed as being: ‘fully dustproof, purpose-built for tough environments and reinforced for shock, vibration, water and sand’.  The phone also carries popular social media applications including Google Maps, Google Assistant, WhatsApp, YouTube and Facebook pre-loaded and built in.

 “The R40 shifts the game a bit as it’s deliberately designed and pre-loaded as a rugged device for mobile users who do not want or need a full smartphone experience,” Aspera Mobile managing director, Allan Robertson said. “There is a market for this type of product as active, outdoors types want a simpler solution than a smartphone, but still need the rugged features.”

As well as having the benefits of 4G with a Wi-Fi hotspot enabling sharing of mobile data connection to other devices, the R40 has an extra-large 2500mAh li-ion battery, approximately 15-day standby and 40-hour talk time. Memory can be expanded up to 32GB via an SD card and it features an 2MP rear and 0.3MP front camera.

RRP is $129 and the R40 is now available from Harvey Norman, Big W and Retravision stores nationally.