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Finally! Here’s the first 5G rugged smartphone - and its price tag will shock you

Blackview BL6000 Pro
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Durable smartphone specialist Blackview has announced that it will launch the world's first 5G rugged smartphone via Indiegogo on Tuesday November 17.

The BL6000 Pro will most likely be released before the Ulefone Armor 10 and Oukitel WP10, two other models that have been pitched as 5G devices for outdoor activities.

Since this is a crowdfunding campaign, there’s always an element of risk, but Blackview is a known quantity. Its flagship device, the BV9900 Pro, is our current editor’s choice for best rugged handset.

The first 500 units of the BL6000 Pro will sell for $399.99 - a 42% discount on the official price. For the next 600 units, early bird pricing will rise to $449.99 (35% off).

The following 2,000 units will be sold for $499.99, but will come with a free pair of TWS earphones, and the rest will be priced at $599.99 (and ship with the same freebie).

The phone will come with a Dimensity 800 processor from Mediatek, 8GB of RAM, 256GB onboard storage, IP68 & IP69K & MIL-STD-810G rating, a Sony IMX582 48MP rear camera sensor (with two other cameras) and a Samsung S5K3P9-SP 16MP front camera.

Other key specs include five separate satellite positioning systems, a barometer, fingerprint unlock, NFC and a 6.36-inch FHD+ punch hole display.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.