TickTock: The rugged outdoor Android smartphone with 5G can now be pre-ordered on Kickstarter for US$279
The Hong Kong-based company Unihertz has officially started the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its rugged smartphone with the rather peculiar name TickTock, which allows early backers to pre-order the 5G-capable outdoor device for US$279. As usual, the number of devices available at this 30% discount is limited and there are certain financial risks when supporting a pre-production tech product like this. The shipping date of the TickTock rugged 5G Android smartphone is scheduled for next April.
Most notably, the TickTock is equipped with two displays. In addition to the 6.5-inch main display with a resolution of 1,080 by 2,340 pixel, there is a 1.3-inch secondary display on the back of the rugged outdoor smartphone. This small screen has a lower resolution of just 360 by 360 pixel and can for example be used when taking selfies with the main camera, but it can also show different watch faces or notifications.
According to the manufacturer, the TickTock is water and dust resistant according to the IP68 standard, which certainly is a must for rugged outdoor smartphones. Supposedly, the TickTock is even able to detect if water has entered its charging port. This Android 11 phone also comes with an IR blaster and two programmable buttons on the side. Furthermore, it is equipped with the Dimensity 700 SoC, 8GB of memory and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage.
NFC functionality and a finger print reader are also available, and the TickTock rugged 5G smartphone can be operated in dual SIM mode. In contrast to the up-to-date 5G support, wireless capabilities are limited to the Wi-Fi ac standard, but the beefy quick-chargeable battery with a capacity of 6,000 mAh should result in great battery life. Being almost 15mm thick, the Unihertz TickTock is certainly a bit bulkier than regular smartphones like the Galaxy S21 Plus (from US$799 on Amazon), but that is to be expected of such a rugged device that is designed for heavy abuse in outdoor scenarios.