New Rugged Phone Startup F150, Announces First Product B2021
F150, a new Chinese outdoor product manufacturer announced the launch of the company in December 2020. This month they are following that announcement with the news of their first product.
B2021 is a rugged phone designed to mark a new era in the industry. According to the company, B2021 was inspired by outdoor enthusiasts who craved an innovative solution to various challenges they faced out in the field. This led to the establishment of F150 and the creation of the “NEO-RUGGED” concept. B2021 is the first masterpiece created based on this concept.
Features of B2021
B2021 comes with several interesting features. Firstly, this smartphone is packed with an 8000mAh battery. This guarantees up to 2 days of power for active use. With support for an 18W fast charge, the smartphone can be fully charged in under 3 hours. The idea is this big battery phone is to provide a sense of security for users.
B2021 spots a 5.86-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 5 HD+ U-notch display. An indestructible screen with a resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9.
B2021 runs on MediaTek Helio G25 chipset. The G25 is made with a 12nm process technology and packs an 8 ARM Cortex-A53 core which clocks at 2.0GHz. It also comes with an IMG PowerVR GE8320.
B2021 also comes with 6GB LPDDR4x RAM and 64GB eMMC 5.1 internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB using a microSD card.
The back of the rugged phone features a camera bump with four powerful LED flashlights and cameras. The main camera is a 13MP Wide-angle camera with a 2MP depth camera, 2MP Macro camera, and an auxiliary camera. These cameras have great software support such as Nightscape for great pictures at night and bokeh algorithm to blur out the background while enhancing the main focus of the pictures. The front camera is an 8MP with AI beautification algorithms for a great selfie. It also comes with interesting sticker collections for your playful side.
B2021 runs an optimized Android 10 OS out of box. One of the most noticeable differences is the availability of 2 modes. The normal mode for your professional and personal life, and the F150 mode. The normal mode features a great UI and everything you expect from any good smartphone. The F150 mode on the other hand is designed for the outdoors. This mode comes with a great UI and the tools are displayed on the screen for you to easily access them.
Like all rugged phones, B2021 is IP68 and IP69K rated and STD-MIL-810G certified. This means B2021 is drop-proof from a height of 1.5m and is water-resistant at a depth of 1.5m for 30 mins. This smartphone is also shock-proof and dust-proof. But unlike most rugged phones currently in the market, F150 uses a different approach to achieve ruggedness making it possible for B2021 to come in different interesting colors like the desert yellow.
Main Features Summary
Display: 5.86-inch 1520x 720 pixel HD+ U-Notch Display
CPU: MediaTek Helio G25 octa-core processor
GPU: IMG PowerVR GE8320
ROM: 64GB expandable to 256GB using a microSD card
Rear camera: 13MP+2MP+2MP+VGA quad-camera array
Front camera: 8MP
Charging: USB-C and standard 5v2a, compatible with 9v2a 18W fast charging
Slots: Dual-SIM slots + Dedicated microSD card slot
Certification: IP68 and IP69K rating and MIL-STD-810G
Colors: Black and Sahara Yellow
This rugged smartphone comes with a lot of other features like a customizable button, a 150key which can be used in case of an emergency. Press the 150 Key 5 times in quick succession to make an emergency call. Auto SOS calls can also be activated to pre-set emergency contacts. There are also interesting features like the glove mode, support for NFC, Dark screen gesture mode, dual SIM slot, and a dedicated microSD slot just to mention a few.
F150 is scheduled to begin mass production of B2021 in the first week of January after the new year holidays.
The original price of B2021 is pegged at $199.99 on Aliexpress and Banggood but word on the street is between January 18th-24th, B2021 will be sold at 55% off at $109.99. If you are interested in getting it, you can subscribe to the global open sale on its official website here.
NOTE: Only Europe, Brazil, Middle East, Asia Southeast versions are available for initial sales. (US, Canada & Mexico versions will be made available in March)
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