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The Samsung Rugby Smart joins rugged phone technology with Android 2.3 to make a durable smartphone for those with active lifestyles. Like its predecessors, the Rugby Smart will be water proof, dust proof, shock resistant, and will be able to handle anything you can throw at it. The ports will all be completely sealed and covered with rubber plugs which will be able to resist water and dust. It will have a snappy 1.4GHz Processor with 512MB of RAM which will be more than enough to run its Android 2.3 OS and most applications without significant hiccups. The 3.7-inch super AMOLED display will have a screen resolution of 480×800. The Rugby Smart will have a 1.3MP Camera on the front and a 5MP in the back, and will come standard with 4GB of internal storage with an expandable MicroSD slot. It will also have a 1650mAh battery that will have up to 8 hours of talk time and 400 hours of standby.
-Rugged Design, Water and Dust Proof, Shock Resistant
-512MB of RAM
-3.7″ AMOLED Display
-4GB Internal Storage
· On March 4, AT&T* will begin selling the Samsung Rugby® Smart in company-owned retail stores and online. The smartphone will be sold for $99.99 with a two-year commitment and monthly minimum data plan.
· Samsung Rugby® Smart is dustproof, can be submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes, and can withstand extreme temperatures.**
· Runs on Android™ 2.3 with 4G capabilities and boasts a virtual QWERTY keyboard, 3.7-inch Super AMOLED™ touchscreen display, 5MP camera and an integrated flashlight.
Samsung Rugby® Smart
The Samsung Rugby® Smart is a rugged, dustproof device designed to handle the elements with water resistance (submergible up to 1m for 30 minutes) and built to mil-std 810f military spec standards**.The Android 2.3 smartphone features a 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen display and a 5MP camera with HD video recording***. It also supports 4G service, Wi-Fi®, corporate email and the full line of media including location, music and social networking services. From the work site to the camp site and beyond, Rugby Smart fulfills all your smartphone needs with the physical strength to handle whatever life throws at it.
· Technology: GSM, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA+
· Operating System: Android 2.3
· Display: 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display
· External Memory: Supports up to 32GB via microSD™
· Internal Memory: 4GB
· Dimensions: 122.4mm x 65.9mm x 12.19mm
· Weight: 4.2 oz
· Camera: 5MP rear facing with flash and auto focus with HD 720p video capture; 1.3 MP front facing camera;
· Battery: 1650 mAh LiIon Poly
· Talk Time: Up to 8 hours
· Standby Time: Up to 16 days
“The Samsung Rugby Smart is perfect for active customers who need another level of durability with their smartphone,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “It is water and dustproof and has all the features of a leading smartphone.”
“We continue to bring the highest quality devices – the Rugby Smart is the ultimate smartphone to withstand extreme conditions,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “AT&T customers are now able to stay connected with a durable smartphone while experiencing even the roughest environment.”
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