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This rugged smartphone has the biggest battery we’ve seen on a 5G handset

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Oukitel WP5 rugged smartphone - $99.99 at Banggood

Oukitel WP5 rugged smartphone - $99.99 at Banggood
The WP5 might not be 5G-ready, but it's worth checking out while you wait for the new model to drop. It shares the same 8,000mAh battery capacity, runs on Android 10 and features a quad-core processor. Add in rugged facilities, 4GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch display and you have a functional smartphone that won’t break the bank (and won't break full-stop).

After Blackview (with the scanner-toting BV10000) and Ulefone (with the Armor 7 and Armor 9), it’s now the turn of challenger brand Oukitel to announce it will launch a 5G rugged smartphone imminently.

The WP10 will have the biggest battery of any 5G rugged smartphone launching in 2020 at 8,000mAh, and the manufacturer has confirmed it will have the biggest display (at 6.7-inch) with an FHD+ resolution too.

An Oukitel spokesperson also said the phone will be “the most affordable 5G rugged phone in the market”, which would be a bit of a surprise given that Ulefone’s Armor 7 is expected to cost around $300.

For context, the cheapest non-rugged 5G smartphone on the market, the Realme V3, costs about $170 at the time of writing.

The WP10, which is an improvement on the WP7, will come with Android 10 and a Mediatek Dimensity 800 SoC, which is also found in the aforementioned rival 5G rugged devices.

We don’t know how much memory or storage it will sport, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it copies its predecessor. The WP7 had a built-in IR camera, 8GB of RAM, 128GB onboard storage and four optical camera sensors (ranging from 2-megapixel to 48-megapixels).

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.