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The Unihertz Atom XL is a compact rugged Android phone with a 48 MP camera

The Unihertz Atom XL can be used as a DMR walkie-talkie. (Image via Unihertz)
The Unihertz Atom XL can be used as a DMR walkie-talkie. (Image via Unihertz)
The Unihertz Atom XL is the latest compact ruggedized Android phone from the Chinese company. Featuring a 4-inch display, a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, and a 4100 mAh battery, the Atom XL is aimed squarely at outdoor use. Additionally, the phone can be used as a DMR-compatible walkie-talkie.
Sam Medley,

Unihertz is no stranger to building tiny, ruggedized Android phones. It’s Jelly and Atom smartphones, launched in 2017 and 2018, respectively, quickly found success with niche audiences in need of a tiny but well-built smartphone. Now, the company is back at it again with the Atom XL, a 4-inch rugged Android smartphone with quite the spec sheet despite its diminutive size.

The Atom XL runs on a MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core SoC (4x ARM Cortex A73 cores, 4x ARM Cortex A53 cores), which is a decent (if old) mid-range chip that rivals the Snapdragon 660 from Qualcomm. While the Helio P60 is showing its age, the cheaper chip should help Unihertz keep the price of the Atom XL down.

In addition to the P60, the Atom XL will feature 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of built-in UFS 2.1 storage, an 8 MP selfie camera, and a whopping 48 MP rear-facing camera. Megapixels don’t tell the whole story of a phone’s shooter, but Unihertz is touting that the sensor used in the Atom XL is made by Samsung, which should make for a decent snapper, especially considering photography isn’t the Atom XL’s main focus.

The point of the Atom XL is ruggedness. To that end, the phone features both IP68 and MIL-SPEC-810G certifications. Considering how durable 2018’s Atom was, the Atom XL should stand up to the demands of most outdoor explorers. The phone should last a while on the trail as well; powering everything is a 4100 mAh battery, which explains most of the phone’s chunky 17.5 mm profile. The Atom XL can also be used as a DRM walkie-talkie with a range up to 8 km, depending on the topography of the surrounding terrain.

More features can be seen on the phone’s Kickstarter page. Backers that pledge US $259 can secure an Atom XL, which Unihertz expects to ship in June 2020. Unihertz has successfully released a few phones before and has a decent track record. The Atom XL looks like a decent evolution of the company’s ruggedized smartphone story; it’ll be interesting to see how well the final product holds up.

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Sam Medley, 2020-03- 9 (Update: 2020-03- 9)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.