Energizer is getting some competition in the field of rugged phones with large batteries. And it comes from Gigaset – a former division of Siemens that is best known today for its DECT phones.
Meet the Gigaset GX290. It boasts a 6,200mAh battery with 15W fast charging over USB-C. A full charge takes three hours. The phone is water resistant (IP68) as well as shock resistant, but it doesn't have an official a MIL-STD rating.
The 6.1” screen is optimized for outdoor use and is guarded by Gorilla Glass 3. It promises 520nits of brightness and a contrast ratio of 1,000:1. The resolution of the LCD panel is nothing to write home about at 720p.
A notch on the screen houses an 8MP selfie camera (seeing the chunky bezels, a notch feels unnecessary). There’s a 13MP camera on the back with 2MP depth sensor. The fingerprint reader is here too, just below the camera.
The Gigaset GX290 runs pure Android 9.0 Pie on a MediaTek Helio P23 chipset (octa-core Cortex-A53). It has 32GB of storage (no word on RAM).
The GX290 should cost around €300, but availability is limited. We found it in one store in Spain where it is indeed listed at €300 but that's without VAT – the final price is €360 (unless Gigaset is targeting corporate customers with this one).
There’s also this placeholder page from a French store that shows €300 with VAT, but there’s no stock.
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