In addition to its IP54 certification (meaning it's water-, snow-, shock-, and dust-resistant), Quechua's phone also features a Qualcomm 1.2GHz, quad-core chip, 1GB RAM, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 3,500mAh battery. The company promises that you can talk on the phone for more than 22 hours with the stock battery.
The Quechua smartphone will launch December 5 in France, Italy, Spain, England, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, and the Netherlands. Price is set at €230.
Another new phone made for the outdoors is the Samsung Galaxy SIV Active (priced at around €500 for the handset). Rated as water-resistant for up to 30 minutes when submerged at a depth of 1 meter, the phone's casing is also dust-resistant so that mud, grime and even sand won't find their way into the device's inner grooves, vents and internal workings. Other neat touches include a screen that responds to gloved fingers, a special aqua setting for underwater photography and a collection of outdoor apps including a barometer, a compass and an altimeter.