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This $400 rugged 5G smartphone claims to be the toughest yet

(Image credit: Blackview)

Challenger rugged smartphone brand Blackview has launched the campaign for its first 5G smartphone on Indiegogo just in time for Black Friday. At the time of writing, it had reached more than $275,000 with 25 days to go.

The BL6000 Pro owes its name to the 2016 BV6000, the company's first successful foray into rugged smartphones, but will prove to be a different beast entirely with 5G connectivity baked in.

Based on the MediaTek Dimensity 800, it also features 8GB of RAM and 256GB onboard storage (hopefully UFS) with a triple rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel AI camera - likely to be the same as the one on its predecessor, the Blackview BV9900 Pro.

Blackview BL6000 Pro

Blackview BL6000 Pro - $699.99 $399.99 at Indiegogo (pre-sale)
(roughly £299/AU$546)
The first 5G rugged smartphone from Blackview has a Dimensity 800 CPU with 8GB of RAM and a staggering 256GB onboard storage.  Its IP68, IP69K and MIL-STD-810G ratings mean that it will sustain more than a few knocks

Oukitel WP10 5G smartphone

Oukitel WP10 5G smartphone - $666.65 $369.99 at AliExpress
(roughly £280/AU$500)
Until November 27, Oukitel's new 5G-ready rugged smartphone is available on pre-sale at almost half price. It has 8GB of RAM, 128GB onboard storage and a huge 8000mAh battery.

Add in a 5,280mAh battery and IP68, IP69K and MIL-STD-810G certification out of the box and you have a pretty convincing all-terrain smartphone that will prove to be a tough nut to crack.

The BL6000 Pro will face stiff competition from the Ulefone Armor 8 and the Oukitel WP10 Pro, also down for a November launch. The latter has a special pre-sale price of $399.99 at Aliexpress.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.