The first ever rugged 5G smartphone will go on sale within weeks

Blackview BV9900 Pro – $422.84 at AliExpress
(£334.18/AU$593.84)
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Challenger rugged smartphone brand Blackview will launch the campaign for its first 5G smartphone within the next few weeks on Indiegogo, which is rapidly turning into the preferred battleground for guerilla style, low cost marketing campaigns.

The BL6000 Pro owes its name to the 2016 BV6000, the company’s first successful foray into rugged smartphones, but will prove to be a different beast entirely with 5G connectivity baked in.

Based on the MediaTek Dimensity 800, it also features 8GB of RAM and 256GB onboard storage (hopefully UFS) with a triple rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel AI camera – likely to be the same as on the BV9900 Pro.

Add in a 5,280mAh battery and

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Scientists study the rugged surface of near-Earth asteroid Bennu — ScienceDaily

As the days count down to NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s Touch-And-Go asteroid sample collection attempt, Southwest Research Institute scientists have helped determine what the spacecraft can expect to return from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu’s surface. Three papers published online by Science on Oct. 8 discuss the color, reflectivity, age, composition, origin and distribution of materials that make up the asteroid’s rough surface.

On October 20, the spacecraft will descend to the asteroid’s boulder-strewn surface, touch the ground with its robotic arm for a few seconds and collect a sample of rocks and dust — marking the first time NASA has grabbed pieces of an asteroid for return to Earth. SwRI scientists played a role in the selection of the sample sites. The first attempt will be made at Nightingale, a rocky area 66 feet in diameter in Bennu’s northern hemisphere. If this historic attempt is unsuccessful, the spacecraft will try again

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This huge rugged smartphone could replace your outdoor tablet – and at a low price

Oukitel WP8 Pro – $119.99 at AliExpress
(£96.91/AU$172.65)
This rugged smartphone from Oukitel delivers exceptional value for money, available at 40% off until September 29. Grab it while you can!View Deal

The Oukitel WP8 Pro doesn’t necessarily have any unique selling points that really wowed us, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a solid device – plus, it’s available at 40% off.

A balanced specification sheet, coupled with a great price means it’s an attractive proposition for anyone looking for a rugged smartphone that can double as an outdoor, waterproof tablet.

Its main selling point is a big 6.49-inch HD+ display, which is just slightly smaller than the 6.88-inch display on the BlackView BV6100.

Add in 4GB of RAM, 64GB onboard storage, Android 10, a massive 5Ah battery, NFC and IP68/69K/MIL-STD-810G and suddenly you have a rather enticing rugged smartphone indeed.

Granted, the entry level Mediatek Octacore CPU and

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CRFS Announce World’s First Rugged 40GHz Spectrum Monitoring Receiver

CRFS, a global leader in RF spectrum monitoring, management, and geolocation solutions, has created the world’s first rugged, high-performance 40GHz RF receiver, the RFeye Node 100-40.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200924005704/en/

Rugged 40GHz RF receiver inside a weather proof enclosure (Graphic: Business Wire)

Users of the RF spectrum are looking at higher frequencies to address the ever-increasing demands on congested data and communications networks. Previously, frequencies over 18GHz have been under-utilized, but now 20, 30 and even 40GHz are being used. With a 40GHz frequency range and 100MHz instantaneous bandwidth, the RFeye Node 100-40 answers the needs of customers who are looking to monitor these higher frequencies, not just in the test lab, but in the real world.

“Having an RF receiver that is capable of picking up signals from 9kHz to 40GHz is essential for many customers looking at future spectrum usage, in

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This rugged smartphone has a feature that no other 5G handset offers today

Realme V3 smartphone – $174.32 from AliExpress
(£138.55/AU$241.77)
While you’re waiting for the BV10000 to drop, check out this model from Realme. It has a 5000mAh battery, 6.5-inch HD+ screen and 5G connectivity.View Deal


In a strangely executed leak campaign, Blackview has sent us a press release detailing rumors of its first 5G rugged smartphone, likely to be called the BV10000 (given its current flagship – and our current leaderboard champion – is the BV9900Pro).

We’ve been given a picture of the phone and we know it has a 5G Mediatek processor (likely to be a Dimensity 800 or 1000), LPDDR4 memory, a 6.5-inch display with slimmer bezel and a metal frame.

The big improvement, however, appears to be the inclusion of a Honeywell 2D scanner, which Blackview describes as “flagship-level”.

As an outdoor device capable of hitting very high wireless speeds, the BV10000 is likely to be

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Blackview will launch a 5G Rugged Smartphone soon

We are heading towards the end of 2020 and we can already see the hype train keyword for next year. 5G phones are expected to be the face of smartphones in 2021 and the excitement is already building up for brands like Apple’s iPhone 12, OnePlus 8T, and more. Now, Blackview has joined the list as its new Rugged 5G smartphone is launching in a month or so. With this, Blackview becomes one of the first companies to launch a first-ever 5G rugged smartphone.

Regarding the naming, we aren’t sure how Blackview would call it yet. However, it might be different from the current ‘BV99’ series and don a new name. The 5G device is said to sport a fresh design with the usual rugged body. Hence we can expect metallic casing, Military Standard certification, water-resistance, and more.

Blackview 5G Rugged smartphone: Expected Specifications

The device will reportedly have a

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