Idea: An Ultimate Never Settle Rugged Phone?

  1. IWantSunshine
    Froyo Dec 7, 2019

    IWantSunshine , Dec 7, 2019 :
    An idea for OnePlus managment to consider... Almost all smart phone manufacturers try to satisfy the needs of one of two groups of users: either heavy users or light users, making the most powerful phone with the biggest display in the smallest body possible for the first group, and making cheap phones for the second group. However, there is a third group too! The professional users: field engineers, policemen, soldiers, long distance hikers, long distance cyclists etc. They would need phones that are high performance AND ultra durable at the same time. However, most mainstream manufacturers (OnePlus, Oppo, Xiaomi, Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, Apple etc.) don't do real rugged phones, or at least not for Europe/USA. If one wants a real rugged phone needs to go to CAT, Oukitel etc., but these phones are not really powerful really. So... what if OnePlus made the Ultimate Never Settle Rugged Phone? Maybe a OnePlus 7T Rugged or perhaps a OnePlus 8 Rugged (or find some better name)? Now that OnePlus makes 6-ish phones a year, perhaps one of the could be such a "rugged" phone? What I have in mind:
    • A 6-6.5" screen that has 16:9 or 16:10 ratio (as these ratios result wider screens, wider screen can have larger virtual keyboard keys, so it's easier to type on the move or during physical activity)
    • Thoughest Gorilla Glass so it won't break if dropped or something hits the screen
    • 1080p screen that is 60Hz only (higher resolutions and refresh rates eat up battery)
    • Touchscreen that can be used with dirty/wet fingers and even in heavy rain
    • Fully waterproof (so if accidentally dropped into a puddle it survives)
    • Wide-ish bezel around the screen (so if the phone dropped to one of its edges or one of its corners the screen won't break)
    • No protruding camera modul (as it easily gets damaged)
    • Physical fingerprint reader (with extra large surface) so it can easily unlocked on the move or during physical activity
    • Physical touch buttons (and fingerprint reader) beneath the screen (easier to navigate than with on-screen buttons or gestures)
    • Headphone jack (as you can buy a EUR10 3.5mm headphones anywhere, even the smallest shops - not so much about USB-C headphones, adapters and Bluetooth headphones)
    • Large 6000-8000mAh battery that really lasts 2 days (or 16-20 hours even if used continuously) - doesn't matter if the phone gets thick, at least the camera modul won't stick out, see above
    • Optical image stabilization for all camera modules (for taking good photos/videos from vehicles or while doing physical activity)
    • Dedicated low-light camera modul (handy for field technicians, for example!)
    • Ultra bright flash
    • Ultra accurate and reliable compass
    • Ultra large mobile/3G/4G/5G antenna so it works even if network coverage is weak/patchy
    • A rubberized design so no case is needed for the phone
    • Usual Snapdragon 855 (or 865 for next year), 8-12GB RAM, 128-256-512GB storage
    • Dual SIM
    If a phone like this could be done... I think there would be many many people wanting to buy it! I would certainly buy it. Especially if it was under EUR900 (or if I could get one for free for the idea :)). What do you think? Would you buy such a large and thick but extra durable "unbreakable" phone that works for long long times and doesn't require a case?

  2. The1Lion
    Marshmallow Dec 7, 2019

    The1Lion , Dec 7, 2019 :
    Nope, they've been reducing bezels for more screen so this would be a step back. Blackview makes rugged phones if you want a cheap rugged phone for hiking, etc...

    Otherwise invest in a very protective case ;)

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  3. IWantSunshine
    Froyo Dec 7, 2019

    IWantSunshine , Dec 7, 2019 :
    Okay, but it's not just the case. It's all the other extra features AND high performance together. Also, if there are 500 different phones for regular user, why can be a few for niche users/market?

  4. KeepTransisting
    The Lab - OnePlus 7 Pro Reviewer Dec 7, 2019

    KeepTransisting , Dec 7, 2019 :
    Because it makes zero sense for a manufacturer to spin up a supply chain for such a niche market.

  5. IWantSunshine
    Froyo Dec 7, 2019

    IWantSunshine , via OnePlus 7 , Dec 7, 2019 :
    Okay, I understand, but if it worths for Cat, Oukitel etc. to make such phones why doesn't it worth for OnePlus, Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung, Motorola, Apple etc?

  6. The1Lion
    Marshmallow Dec 7, 2019

    The1Lion , Dec 7, 2019 :
    Because the are going for the "high end" niche for some of those manufacturers you mention while others you mentioned make a range of devices to fit most needs instead of trying to concentrate of a very specific need. Also most manufacturers would probably prefer to let the end user decide if they want a extremely protective case or not. So in short, design a phone that MANY will buy and let the few that want a think protective case go out and buy it.

    Look at the Energizer phone, how well did that sell? I'm sure if you dig around there is a manufacturer that perhaps attempted to creat a rugged phone and perhaps still does but how well does it sell? Manufacturers keep an eye on trends and if the saw people leaning that way, they'd be more inclined to make such a phone.

  7. zerog69 , via OnePlus Community App , Dec 10, 2019 :
    CAT has some rugged phones, they didn't do well, military would just use a Sat phone. Police shouldn't be using a personal cell. Think a rugged case could be a better option. Most the request is doable with a rugged case and a 6t. Moto tried a indestructible screen and it never shatters but will scratch all up very easily.

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  8. meatandy
    Oreo Dec 10, 2019

    meatandy , Dec 10, 2019 :
    Oppo and OnePlus belong to the same family tree.;)

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