Huawei Discovery Expedition will take a beating

Huawei claims "tough and durable" with its Discovery Expedition feature phone

"Will stand up to the rigours of outdoor adventures" - Huawei's Discovery Expedition

"Will stand up to the rigours of outdoor adventures" - Huawei's Discovery Expedition

Chinese-based networking and telecommunications company Huawei has today launched a shock, water and dust resistant mobile phone in Australia that is likely appeal to tradies. The Discovery Expedition is available exclusively through Vodafone.

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The Huawei Discovery Expedition is a feature phone that comes with a high ruggedness IP rating of 57 for water and dust resistance. Although the device isn't a smartphone, the Discovery Expedition comes with functions like weather forecast, a built-in GPS, a digital compass, a torch light and a G-sensor that will record steps.

"The Huawei Discovery Expedition is perfect for people that live for the weekend," said Mark Treadwell, head of device marketing for Huawei. "The Discovery Expedition is the right tool for the job because it can endure harsh conditions and still deliver a quality user experience."

Ross Parker, general manager of devices and pricing at Vodafone added, "We road-tested the Discovery Expedition at the Tough Mudder event last weekend and it survived the challenging obstacle course featuring mud, ice-water, electric shocks and fire. If you want a phone with grit; this is the one for you."

The Huawei Discovery Expedition is submersible in water up to one metre for 30 minutes, is rated as sand dust resistant up to degree 5, and has a 2in screen manufactured from Gorilla Glass that claims to prevents scratches.

The phone comes with a 2-megapixel camera and has expandable memory in the form of a microSD card slot. The Discovery Expedition can also access Facebook and Twitter through built-in, pre-loaded applications. The phone runs a proprietary Huawei operating system.

The Huawei Discovery Expedition is available now through Vodafone for $0 upfront on Vodafone's $19 Plan over 24-months, or $199 outright.

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2 Comments

George Forester

1

I guess the Australian Federal Government wont be buying any !! they could be listening devices for the chinese government ...

Disappointed

2

I bought one on the basis of 'rugged'...

CONS:
the gps does not link to any mapping (pointless unless you have a need to know your latitude and longtitude)
when using endomondo (sports related gps app) I have run for 20 minutes without the phone locating a gps signal

Web browsing is handicapped by the phone's small memory

PROS:
Despite my poor anger management and subsequent handset abuse it is so 'rugged' that it continues to operate in a sub-par manner

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