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'Indestructible' phone asks for torture

"World's toughest phone" begs to be abused; we say, bring it on!

Credit: Sonim

Gentlemen, grab your pliers and prep your blowtorches. The "world's toughest phone" is cruisin' for a bruisin'.

US manufacturer Sonim has thrown down the gauntlet to European "techno-paths" asking them to "torture-test" their apparently indestructible phone, the Sonim XP1, and post videos of these cruel experiments on their campaign blog.

The XP1 is designed from a military spec and engineered for use in extreme outdoor conditions, and comes with a three year warranty against damage from numerous factors including shock, water and extreme temperatures.

As Sonim CEO Bob Plaschke told our colleagues at CNET.com.au sister site CNET.com, "If you're standing on a construction site with a welding tool in your hand, or are sitting in a catamaran with a hard wind in your face, you really don't need a fashion accessory or a multimedia monster. You need a dependable working tool like the new XP1".

The XP1 is currently touring Sweden, and while there's no word yet on an Australian release, we'll be standing by with a sledgehammer for when we get a crack at the XP1.