Crosscall introduces Core-X5 and Core-T5, a rugged smartphone and tablet for professionals

Crosscall introduces Core-X5 and Core-T5, a rugged smartphone and tablet for professionals

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Specialist in rugged mobile solutions, the French brand Crosscall has just introduced the Core-X5 and Core-T5, a particularly robust smartphone and tablet, intended for professionals.

Since its creation in 2009, the French firm Crosscall has specialized in manufacturing waterproof and shock-resistant smartphones. The brand has just presented two new products that do not betray the company’s DNA: the Core X-5 and the Core T-5, a smartphone and a 4G tablet designed to withstand the worst conditions, which try to stand out in the field of PMR (Professional Mobile Radio). Thus, all products benefit from the X-Talk application, developed in-house, to be used as a walkie-talkie through a programmable button. Ideal for sectors such as construction, the army or emergency services.

A phone prepared for everything

The Crosscall Core X-5 shares similarities with the Action X5 that we tested a few months ago. It has an IP68 waterproof certification and is therefore waterproof up to two meters deep for 30 minutes, in fresh or salt water. It shows a military standard MIL-STD-810H and Crosscall promises resistance to drops of up to two meters in height. These multiple protections do not make it a light smartphone, since it weighs 256 grams. We appreciate the presence of a 3.5mm jack port, an NFC chip and a slot for a microSD card (separate from the Dual-SIM slot). It is always equipped with a magnetic area so that it can be attached to other X-Link compatible products.

It has a 5.45-inch IPS LCD panel, displayed in HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood, there’s an octa-core Snapdragon 665 along with 4GB of Vivid memory and 64GB of storage. Not enough to excite gamers or productivity enthusiasts, but probably enough for the staff the company is targeting.

Delivered with Android 11, the device is Android Enterprise Recommended certified, which guarantees upgrading to the next Android operating system, as well as regular security patch updates for at least the next three years. Also, the device itself has a five-year warranty. The icing on the cake, it benefits from an excellent repairability rating (9.1/10)

In the photo, the Core X-5 is equipped with a simple rear dorsal module made up of a 48 Mpx wide-angle lens whose lens opens to f/1.8. Thus, the ultra wide angle of its predecessor has disappeared. However, you will be able to shoot in 4K at 30fps. An 8MP sensor is housed in the front.

Autonomy is ensured by a 4940 mAh battery and the smartphone supports reverse charging via the USB Type-C port. A 10W charger comes in the box. Given its technical sheet, we can expect a good resistance. It is now offered at €549.99.

A tablet for professionals

The Core T-5 tablet retains the same philosophy as the Core X-5. This 594-gram 4G tablet has the same certifications as the mobile (IP68, IP6X, US MIL STD 810H, etc.), but is distinguished by its larger size. We find here again a 3.5 mm jack port, a microSD port (up to 512 GB) and an NFC chip.

On the other hand, we take advantage of an 8-inch screen, displayed in 1280 x 800 pixels, protected by Cornig Gorilla Glass 3. To run everything, we are again entitled to Snapdragon 665, this time together with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. It has a five-year warranty and benefits from the same Android program as the mobile.

In photo, Crosscall has opted for a simple 13 Mpx rear sensor here. A 5 MP front module is housed at the front. The tablet also has a 7,000mAh battery, which will likely take a long time to recharge using the 10W charger included in the box. It is sold for €649.99.

These two models thus complete a range already made up of the Action-X5 and the Core M-5, launched at the end of 2021.

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