The market for rugged smartphones is booming. To meet the growing demands of users, several smartphone manufacturers like EL Mobile and KXD are offering devices that are specialized for this niche market. EL Mobile, a Chinese mobile phone manufacturer, is another brand targeting this field by offering a “robust” smartphone. What makes it so special? It’s one of the few on the market to offer high-end specs. We got the chance to try it and here are our first impressions.
Everyone has dropped a smartphone at some point, and this EL S618 is intended for users who aren’t necessarily cautious or who have to handle their smartphone in conditions that can at times be difficult.
EL Mobile have made an effort in this generation to make the device thinner (12.8mm) and lighter (at 225 grams). The handling is quite good and you won’t be surprised to learn that the EL S618 is much easier to use with both hands.
Thanks to its massive design, the EL S618 benefits from everything you’d expect from a robust smartphone: MIL-STD810G certification, resistance against low temperatures (-40°C) and very high temperatures(60°C) along with IP68 certification. The device is also made of aircraft grade metal and the back is made of a material that protects it against falls. EL promises that its “Hanging Frame” technology allows the smartphone to absorb the impact of a 1.5-meter drop.
But the most appealing thing about this rugged smartphone is located under the hood. While this niche market is often inhabited with models that don’t have impressive specs, the s618 is a bit of a game changer in this regard. EL offers a 6.18-inch notch full screen with Full-HD+ resolution (996 x 480 pixels) that appears bright and effective. It is powered RawColor display that bring true to life colors.
The device includes a MTK 6750 Octa-Core 1.5GHz processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.And it comes with Android 8.1 Oreo.
In everyday use, you’ll find that everything about the device works very well. The smartphone offers a fluid experience and can support multitasking and demanding games without any problems, just like you’d expect from a more “classic” smartphone. The S618 also has a fingerprint sensor on the back and facial recognition that works without any problems.
Dual cameras and a 5000 mAh battery
In terms of the cameras, this EL S618 features a double 13 + 5-megapixel photo module (f/2.0 aperture) and a 8-megapixel front camera. The camera is supported by artificial intelligence, which is meant to improve the final renderings of your shots.
In the end, only the impressive battery capacity can really scare a typical flagship in this price range. These 618 offers a 5000 mAh battery that can last more than two days of use without charging. What’s more, it also features 600 cycles which means it can still retain 80% of the rated capacity after 600 full charge/recharge cycles.
The EL S618 is indeed a unique smartphone. It will certainly appeal to users looking for an outdoor smartphone who don’t want to compromise on performance and enjoy a fast and convenient device to use. With this model, EL has ticked all the right boxes for an outdoor smartphone.
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