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Sonim shows its XP3300 Force

Sonim's latest cell phone arrives at Mobile World Congress. It's durable as ever, but it adds new GPS features.

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BARCELONA, Spain--Sonim added another rugged handset to its burly lineup today when it revealed the Sonim XP3300 at Mobile World Congress.

Like its earlier XP3 and XP1300 Core, the XP3300 is built to withstand just about anything. You can submerge it in 6.5 feet of water and drop it from 6.5 feet onto a concrete floor without a scratch.

The fiberglass body and rubber sidings also protect it from dust, salt, fog, humidity, transport shock, thermal shock, and temperatures ranging from -4 degrees to 131 degrees Fahrenheit. What's more, Corning Gorilla Glass protects the 2-inch display.

Designed mainly for companies with a mobile workforce, the XP3330 Force offers Assisted-GPS that can relay location information at 5-minute intervals for up to 26 hours. The handset also promises up to 24 hours of talk time, a 2.0-megapixel camera with a flash and digital zoom, a speakerphone, a CityCruiser GPS apps, an Opera Mini browser, and Java support for additional applications.

The Sonim XP3300 is a quad-band world phone, but its data speeds tap out only at EDGE (2.5G). The handset will be sold unlocked; pricing and a specific availability date were not announced at the time of this writing.

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