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Nokia 3310’s new release spawns metal rival at $3,000

Nokia 3310’s new release spawns metal rival at $3,000

It might make more sense to suggest that the phone you're about to see is the Nokia 3310's most laughable rival instead of "biggest," but it is what it is. This device is the Gresso 3310, a device from a company that does not skirt around the fact that they've been DIRECTLY inspired by the original Nokia 3310 in more ways than one. Also this one costs THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

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ARCHOS 101 Saphir rugged tablet comes with a keyboard

ARCHOS 101 Saphir rugged tablet comes with a keyboard

The word “Saphir” calls to mind “sapphire”, which, in the context of mobile devices, is usually associated with toughness and durability. That is probably the thought that ARCHOS is trying to evoke with the ARCHOS 101 Saphir, the first tablet in its rugged Saphir line. While it might not exactly be the toughest nor the most powerful, it may have one thing over other tablets in this niche market. This rugged Android tablet is really a 2-in-1 in disguise and comes with a keyboard to help boost productivity whenever and wherever.

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BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0 budget phone embraces ruggedness

BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0 budget phone embraces ruggedness

Miami-based BLU Products is quite known for its unlocked mid-range smartphones. Last year it dabbled a bit in the premium market with all-metal designs. Now it is going back to its roots but with a little twist. The new BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0 is undeniably on the low end of the spectrum, but it has one thing that's it rivals on that tier can only dream of: rugged features usually found only on more expensive models.

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Fujifilm FinePix XP120 is rugged but light, graphite X-T2, X-Pro2 coming

Fujifilm FinePix XP120 is rugged but light, graphite X-T2, X-Pro2 coming

The problem with most devices advertised as rugged is that they are bulkier and heavier than their less than tough counterparts. Either that or the accessories that make them rugged turn them into hulking versions of themselves. Fujifilm says that you don’t have to choose one or the other. At least not for its new FinePix XP120 digital camera. This compact shooter boasts of four kinds of rugged features while remaining not just small but also light at just 203 g.

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GoPro Hero 5 release details: simply better

GoPro Hero 5 release details: simply better

This week the folks at GoPro have revealed the GoPro Hero 5 (or Hero5), the most advanced in a line of action cameras that've all but dominated the market for the past several years. This newest version of the GoPro works with voice commands, too. Just in case GoPro users wanted to yell at their devices. This newest in the top-level line of action cameras comes around a year and a half after its predecessor - an eternity in tech device refresh time.

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iPhone 7 release details Apple’s secret weapon

iPhone 7 release details Apple’s secret weapon

With the iPhone 7 release event less than a day away, one leak appears to stop all others. Not just a pair of camera sensors, as on the iPhone 7 Plus, but a bit of rubbery material around the insides of the iPhone 7 proper. These gaskets appear to be providing exactly what was reported in part last year. The iPhone 6s began to provide some level of waterproofing with rubbery gaskets around the edges of many components inside the smartphone. Now the phone could be more waterproof than ever before.

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Kyocera DuraForce PRO enters the fray with HD action camera

Kyocera DuraForce PRO enters the fray with HD action camera

Kyocera has announced the next entry in its lineup of rugged smartphones, introducing the world to the DuraForce PRO today. Like most Kyocera smartphones, this will come with all the standard rugged features you've been accustomed to - dustproofing, waterproofing, and a general build quality capable of taking some hits - but one of the main draws of this device might end up being the DuraForce PRO's "Super Wide View HD Action Camera."

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Getac S410 laptop gets semi-hardcore with hot-swap battery

Getac S410 laptop gets semi-hardcore with hot-swap battery

The Getac S410 is a laptop classified as "semi-rugged" - not because it's not ready to take on an unhealthy bashing, but because it's also made for performance. This is the sort of laptop hikers bring with on an adventure. This is a notebook made for getting dirty and wet. Getac makes the sort of notebooks that look exactly like they act - able to withstand damage and made to perform.

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Galaxy S7 Active manufacturing defect now fixed, says Samsung

Galaxy S7 Active manufacturing defect now fixed, says Samsung

It is utterly ironic that the Galaxy S7 Active, a smartphone that is advertised to be the utmost in survivability, isn't as immune to water as Samsung would have us believe. And yet that is what some tests have tried to prove, which, naturally, Samsung has claimed not to be the case. That said, now it seems that the manufacturer is admitting some of it, albeit indirectly. The company reached out to Consumer Reports, who first broke the news of the Galaxy S7 Active's less than stellar underwater performance, that the manufacturing problem that caused that issue has now been addressed.

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Microsoft Band 2 tipped to have tougher variants in some lots

Microsoft Band 2 tipped to have tougher variants in some lots

When you put out a wearable device that also targets health buffs, athletes, and people with active lifestyles, you better make sure the band is strong enough to withstand the punishment of the weather as well as wear and tear. It seems, however, that Microsoft didn't take that rule into account with its second gen Band 2. Consumers were apparently swapping torn bands left and right, prompting Microsoft to silently put out a sturdier band. Silently because no one has come forward willingly to confirm that bands with lot numbers starting with "16" are indeed sturdier or thicker, at least long enough to be used without going in for a replacement.

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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 gets a substantial refresh

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 gets a substantial refresh

It's been nearly two years since Panasonic announced the rugged 7.0-inch Toughpad FZ-B2 tablet. Usually, that is a signal for manufacturers to retire the model and prepare for a new one. Rather uncharacteristically, Panasonic is sticking to its FZ-B2 guns and is instead giving it what is has described a "stunning makeover". That might be a bit of a misnomer though, as the new FZ-B2 looks almost exactly the same as the old FZ-B2. Inside, however, Panasonic has indeed let loose some big changes that would perhaps warrant calling this an FZ-B3.

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Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker action cam crams 4K, sensors inside

Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker action cam crams 4K, sensors inside

The day has come and Olympus has indeed unleashed a new Tough "TG" action camera, barely six months after it announced the TG-870 back in January. The new Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker, however, is quite different from the brood, aside from not having a number in its name. For one, it boasts of the ability capture 4K video and has as much as seven, yes seven, sensors. But perhaps most unique of all, the TG-Tracker eschews the usual horizontal or square designs of most action cams and embraces a vertical form more reminiscent of handy cams.

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