When we hear the “modular smartphone”, we immediately have an association with Motorola smartphones from the Moto Z series. Those who follow the mobile world can also recall LG G5, LG G5 SE and Essential Phone. No one could have thought that a device like rugged could also support modules. Land Rover Explore is proof that this is possible.
Support for modules is not a new feature that can surprise a client. Despite this, some manufacturers decided to offer customers the option to expand the capabilities of your smartphone with additional accessories. Lenovo has learned to use this opportunity, and very well. Will the support for the modules be as useful in the Land Rover smartphone and its Explore model? By the way, it should be added that the British company Bullitt will manufacture this equipment, which produces devices for CAT, Kodak and JCB.
In the beginning, you can connect three modules to Land Rover Explore. The first one, the Adventure Pack, has a battery with a capacity of 3620 mAh and an additional, ceramic GPS antenna measuring 25 × 25 mm (although the smartphone itself, of course, also has a GPS module) that will provide an accurate signal even in remote corners of the world. This module is waterproof (IP68) and can withstand falls from a height of 1.8 m (as confirmed by the tests). Moreover, it also has an implanted stainless steel carbine.
Another module was created with the idea of cyclists who like to ride on rough terrain. It allows you to attach the smartphone to the steering wheel and arbitrarily adjust its position. The third, last module, is a classic Power bank with a battery capacity of up to 4370 mAh. It is also waterproof (IP68) and withstands a fall from a height of 1.8 meters.
And what about the characteristics of the Land Rover Explore?
If it is a specification, then this smartphone is equipped with a 5-inch display with a resolution of Full HD (1920 × 1080 pixels, 441 ppi), which is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass of the 5th generation. The screen can be operated with wet fingers and gloves. The heart of the smartphone is the 10-core processor MediaTek Helio X27 (2x ARM Cortex-A72 with a clock speed of 2.6 GHz + 4x ARM Cortex-A53 2.0 GHz + 4x ARM Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.6 GHz, 20 nm) with a graphics chip Mali-T880 MP4. In a set with it go 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, the volume of which can be increased with the help of a microSD card. The smartphone also has two cameras: 16MP behind and 8MP front.
Land Rover Explore also offers two SIM cards. And it all works under the operating system Android Nuga (although the manufacturer promises to upgrade to Android Oreo). Its energy is provided by a 4000 mAh battery. The case of the smartphone is waterproof (IP68), the device should also withstand a drop from a height of up to 1.8 meters (on assurances, the screen will also withstand, but only if it is glued to the factory protective film).
Sale of Land Rover Explore will begin on April 26, 2018 on the site www.landroverexplore.com. The cost of the smartphone is – depending on the market – 649 euros or 599 pounds. The Adventure Pack also comes with the device. Two other modules will cost between 70 and 100 pounds (the manufacturer has not yet made a final decision on this issue).