Phones that run Windows 10 Mobile out of the box are few and far between, but the oddly named RMQ5018 looks to be the latest member of that list that happens to also be affordable.
Starting on the outside, the RMQ5018 will not win any beauty pageants, but its industrial design is not just for show — the phone is IP68-certified, which allows it to go underwater up to two meters deep for 30 minutes and also ward off any dust headed its way. Looking past the design, the RMQ5018 packs a 5-inch, 1,280 x 720p resolution display, with a 2-megapixel camera above it and an 8-megapixel sensor around back.
Under the hood, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset and 1GB RAM power the RMQ5018, though it is unknown whether the 8GB of built-in storage is expandable through a MicroSD card slot. Even so, the 3,200mAh battery ensures you can use the phone all day and then some.
Even more interesting, the RMQ5018 runs either Windows 10 Mobile or Android 5.1 Lollipop, but the phone does not have dual-boot capabilities — rather, the phone comes in two versions that run either software. Unfortunately, the low-powered chipset will not allow the Windows 10 Mobile version to support Continuum, which turns any supported phone into a pseudo-PC. Regardless of the version, the RMQ5018 includes NFC, so you can use either Microsoft Wallet or Android Pay mobile payment service.
On paper, the RMQ5018 is certainly a unique phone, but it is one you will need to import if you are interested. Alibaba currently sells the phone for an affordable $130, but keep in mind the phone does not have the proper U.S. band support. With that said, there are alternatives if you do not care for a rugged Windows 10 Mobile phone, such as the Alcatel Fierce XL.
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