Tough and Ruggedized smartphones may not be devices for the majority, but they still have a market, especially in the business sector or for anyone who has to spend time out in the field on jobs, or for anyone who has need of a smartphone working in construction. Those are just a couple examples to illustrate that there is a need out there, however small it may be in comparison to the legions of regular consumers. ViewSonic, a company who is primarily rooted in creating products such as monitors, TV's projectors and other visualization related offerings has just announced today that they have an upcoming smartphone in the works and it will be geared towards customers who need something a little more rugged than the average mobile device.
The device is called the ViewwSonic A8+, and although it will be running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as opposed to the latest version of the software (Android Lollipop) or even the previous version which is Android Kit Kat, the software version isn't its main focus, rather its ability to withstand more damage and abuse than your standard high-end smartphone is the selling point this time around. It's also reportedly set up to be compatible with both CDMA and GSM networks which means, it has the potential to end up on U.S. based carriers like Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile, although it's unclear if that will happen as there was no mention of it being sold outside of the Chinese market, where it will appear on the China Telecom network.
According to the source, specs for the ViewSonic A8+ include a quad-core CPU, more specifically the Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor which clocks in at 1.2GHz and comes with the Adreno 302 GPU for handling the graphics processing on the device. The display will be LCD technology, HD quality and sit at 5-inches, and come with 16GB of internal storage with 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera on the back, and dual-sim capability which shouldn't be a surprise given that it's reportedly bound for the Chinese market. Most of the specifications seem rather mid-grade to low-end, all except the battery which is said to be 3,000mAh which is quite a bit more than most devices even now, save for the high-end smartphones. As for when exactly the ViewSonic A8+ will launch, there was no time frame mentioned nor was there any detail about the cost or if ViewSonic would make the device available outside of China.