AT&T NEC Terrain brings “ultra-rugged” to the office

Chris Burns - Jun 19, 2013, 12:26pm CDT
AT&T NEC Terrain brings “ultra-rugged” to the office

Just as the carrier brings the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active to the scene for waterproof/dustproof everyday use, so too does the manufacturer NEC claim their place in the segment with the “Terrain”. This device works with Android and 4G LTE to bring AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk technology to the business user. In other words – if you’re not looking to play games or do much else besides use email and digital collaboration-type tools, it’d be best to keep moving.

What you’ve got here is a physical keyboard attached to a 3.1-inch display with a 5 megapixel camera on the back, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor inside (same as the Galaxy S III), and a earSmart technology by Audience. This technology is said to bring software-enhanced clarity to phone calls – this device also works with two microphones for voice cancellation.

Inside this device is 8GB of storage for files and there’s a microSD card slot for memory expansion by 32GB. The whole device is also dustproof and waterproof. According to AT&T, this device meets all US Mil-STD 810G requirements for Dust, Rain, Shock, Pressure, Humidity and Extreme Temperatures.

Waterproofing extends to “incidental exposure to water when all ports are tightly closed.” This device is not, on the other hand, “designed or intended for in water use.” That means you’re not going to be dunking this machine in the pool and watching your favorite television show. On the other hand, AT&T does suggest that this unit is submersible up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes, this based on IP67 rating.

This device will be appearing with AT&T on the 21st of June for $99.99 USD with a two-year contract. Though at such a price and with such a build this device won’t be able to compete with the normal crowd of top-tier smartphone-seeking individuals, it may very well seem decent to those that require a physical keyboard for their everyday tapping needs.


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