X
CNET logo Why You Can Trust CNET

Our expert, award-winning staff selects the products we cover and rigorously researches and tests our top picks. If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Reviews ethics statement

Check out the rugged Sonim XP7 (pictures)

The Sonim XP7 is built to withstand the elements; let's take a closer look.

Nate Ralph
Associate Editor Nate Ralph is an aspiring wordsmith, covering mobile software and hardware for CNET Reviews. His hobbies include dismantling gadgets, waxing poetic about obscure ASCII games, and wandering through airports.
Nate Ralph
sonim-xp7-2.jpg
1 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

The Sonim XP7

The Sonim XP7 is built for businesses that need tough devices. It isn't the prettiest smartphone, but it's waterproof, can withstand falls and has a screen you can see in direct sunlight.

It's also pricey: $750 Canadian unlocked (about US $665), and starting at about $100 Canadian with a 2-year contract. We should be hearing more news about a US release later this year.

sonim-xp7-4.jpg
2 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

The phone is 0.8 inch thick, and weighs 290 grams, or just over half a pound. It's bulky, but you'll appreciate that heft if the phone takes a fall.

sonim-xp7-5.jpg
3 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

Raised buttons are accompanied by a glove-friendly display that has an 800x480-pixel resolution. That's rather low, but the phone is rather bright, and clearly visible in direct sunlight.

sonim-xp7-1.jpg
4 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

The front-facing speaker gets pretty loud.

sonim-xp7-7.jpg
5 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

The left side of the phone hosts the push-to-talk button, and the dedicated camera shutter.

sonim-xp7-6.jpg
6 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

The red Sonim Protect button will offer emergency support to remote workers.

sonim-xp7-8.jpg
7 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

The headphone jack is sealed up against the elements. The notification light pokes up from the top of that antenna nub.

sonim-xp7-9.jpg
8 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

You'll want to keep an eye on the white balance to make the most out of the 8-megapixel camera, though it still tends to muddle the details in shots.

sonim-xp7-3.jpg
9 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

The XPS 7 has a 4,800mAh battery, which isn't removable. I'm no fan of proprietary cables, but it keeps the phone sealed.

More Galleries

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera
A houseplant

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera

20 Photos
Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra
magic-v2-2024-foldable-1383

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

10 Photos
The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum
Samsung Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum

23 Photos
Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design
The Galaxy S24 Ultra in multiple colors

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design

23 Photos
I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites
img-0368.jpg

I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

34 Photos
Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?
Invitation for the Apple September iPhone 15 event

Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?

18 Photos
AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?
img-1599-2.jpg

AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

17 Photos