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Oukitel launches the WP12 as the "world's first Android 11 rugged phone"

The new WP12. (Source: Oukitel)
The new WP12. (Source: Oukitel)
Oukitel has announced that its latest rugged phone is the first of its kind to ship with Android 11 out of the box. The device is also touted as "lightweight", which, given its MediaTek Helio A22 SoC and 4GB of RAM, might be meant in more ways than one. It will start at ~US$90 on its March 8, 2021 release.

Oukitel is hyping its new WP12 rugged phone as the first one to run Android 11 out of the box, whereas its competitors typically offer Android 10 at best. Therefore, the OEM touts the WP10's successor's OS as "safer and more concise", which is a fair enough description of that major software upgrade, widely regarded as more privacy-conscious and streamlined.

Then again, it is just as well the WP12 may have these potential advantages, as it has little else to recommend it. While it does have all the IP68, IP69K and MIL-STD-810G durability ratings for which "toughphones" are typically marketed, it also features the aging and low-end MediaTek Helio A22 processor, found in 1 4GB RAM/32GB internal storage SKU with a relatively small 4000mAh battery.

It also features dual rear cameras with a 13MP main sensor from Sony, set in a carbon fiber-effect rear panel. Its display size is also just 5.5 inches in diagonal length - which could make it a 'mini' rugged phone, were it not for the forehead, chin and thick outer casing that might negate any added portability resulting from these outdated dimensions.

On a brighter note, the WP12 does at least support GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU and Galileo positioning, as well as NFC for Google Pay. It will also start for just US$89.99 from March 8 to 13, 2021 on its release to AliExpress (as opposed to ~$150 thereafter). Alternatively, European, Japanese or Russian consumers can also enter a competition to get an Oukitel WP12 for free right now.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-03- 2 (Update: 2021-03- 2)