Aspera Mobile has launched its new ultra-rugged R9 4G smartphone designed with a robust exterior to cushion heavy knocks and drops. It also has the highest IP rating IP69 which means it can withstand being blasted by a high pressure hot steam jet and be dropped into two meters of water for 30 minutes.

Handily for tradies who may not be near a powerpoint to recharge during the day, the R9 has a large 5000mAh lithium polymer battery and a tempered glass display which Aspera claims is significantly stronger compared to a normal smartphone.

Aspera Mobile MD Allan Roberston said

“The R9 has you covered for working in tough environments. Facial recognition makes using the phone easy in tricky situations but if you get it a bit dirty or muddy it’s no problem as you just hose it down and dry it off. The R9 is unlocked so you can connect to any plan on any network, has dual sim functionality and its 5.45” HD+ resolution screen provides excellent viewing for videos and images.”

“With the R9 Aspera brings another great rugged smartphone specifically tailored to Australian conditions at a very affordable price. Users of the R9, as with all Aspera Mobiles, also enjoy our continued high level of commitment to local, Australian-based customer service. So, if you are a tradie or just someone who wants a smartphone that can withstand the hardest of knocks without having to pay thousands of dollars for it, then the Aspera R9 is an ideal solution.”

As the R9 is unlocked it can be used on any network and has Dual SIM functionality, you can search out the best plans for voice and data and run two mobile numbers across different networks.

This is particularly useful if you need a business account and a personal account. You can even use the second sim to grab a good value data plan and use it as a Wi-Fi hotspot for the home or office environment.

Key Specifications

  • Screen: 5.45” HD+ 1440*720, Asahi tempered glass 1mm anti-scratch
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio A22 6761 Quad core 2.0GHz
  • OS: Android 10
  • IP Rating: IP69
  • Memory: 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM
  • Expandable memory: SD card max 128GB
  • Flexibility: Unlocked Dual 4G SIM cards
  • Secure: Facial recognition
  • Camera: 13MP Auto focus rear Camera + 5MP front camera
  • Network Reliable: 4G bands 1/3/5/7/8/28a+b and 3G 850/900/2100Mhz
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Size: 160.8*76.9*15.3mm
  • Connectivity: NFC, OTG, USB, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-fi hotspot, VOLTE

You can buy the R9 at Bi-rite, Leading Edge and HN for $279.

For more information on the new Aspera R9 smartphone go to the Aspera Mobile site.