We all know that the Land Rover Discovery is one of the go-to models for all-terrain SUVs and how well it handles tough conditions. So when the manufacturer claims “inspired by Discovery” for the soon to be launched Explore outdoor smartphone, there best be the tough credentials to back it up.
Developed by Land Rover and the Bullitt Group, Explore is an Android phone that can survive being dropped from 1.8 metres and is IP68 splash, water and dust resistant. Its 5-inch HD display can be controlled with gloves or wet fingers. Designed for outdoor activity such as hiking, the phone’s powerful 4000mAh battery allows for a full day’s usage even with constant GPS navigation mapping with the screen on. The Adventure Pack with battery inside adds an extra day of phone usage, plus a GPS antenna for better navigation and a stainless steel carabiner with canvas strap. Users can also access detailed off-road topographical mapping options from ViewRanger and customise their own outdoor dashboard with information such as weather, wind and tides plus essential tools like compass and SOS light.
Even if the wilderness is not your natural habitat, the phone’s more standard features such as a Deca-core 2.6GHz 64 bit MTK Helio X27 chipset with dual SIM functionality, 4GB RAM and microSD expandable 64GB 16MP rear and 8MP front cameras all make it a good option. Priced at £599, the phone is available to order online starting from 26 April.