Is the NEC Terrain the world’s toughest smartphone?

necterrainThe NEC Terrain won’t win awards for being the fastest smartphone available, but we’ll be surprised if there’s a tougher phone on the market. Inside, you’ll find options such as a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon dual-core chip and 1 GB of memory.

The screen isn’t much to write home about in terms of specs – a basic TFT capacitive touchscreen-type panel, measuring 3.1 inches with 640 x 480 pixels resolution – but it’s driven by the Qualcomm’s Adreno 225 graphics core.

However, the key feature is the ruggedised design that is MIL-STD-810G certified to handle just about anything you can throw at – or drop in onto, or in. It’s thermal shock and solar radiation resistant for good measure. And to top it off, it’s IP67 certified meaning its dust-proof and waterproof to one metre for 30minutes.

Inside, you’ll see 8 GB of on-board flash for built-in storage, while you’ve got plenty of external storage, thanks to microSD, up to 32 GB to store more files. The operating system is Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) but there’s no word on an update to Android 4.1 or 4.2 (Jelly Bean). You’ll also get 348 hours standby and 10 hours talk time from the 1900mAh Lithium-ion battery.

The NEC Terrain comes with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP to handle low-power communications. There’s basic 2G coverage on networks supporting the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz bands while 3G is covered by 850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz bands.

A 5 MP (2592×1944 pixels) with autofocus image sensor on the back delivers the device’s best photo quality and you get a secondary VGA option on the front for video-conferencing. The device also supports video recording up to 720p@30fps.

The NEC Terrain lands on the scales with 171.8 grams and measures 127.5 x 64.5 x 14.5 mm. The unit was originally announced in June 2013. We have no pricing details as yet but don’t expect this one to be on the budget list.

NOTE: All specifications are subject to change and may not be correct at time of purchase. Please check before you buy any device that it meets your expectations and requirements.


ModelNEC Terrain
ProcessorQualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
ClockUp to 1.5GHz
GPU typeAdreno 225
Screen size (inches)3.1
Screen resolution640 x 480 pixels
Screen typeTFT capacitive touchscreen
Operating systemAndroid 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Internal storage8 GB
External storagemicroSD, up to 32 GB
Battery type1900mAh Li-Ion
- standby timeUp to 348 hours
- talk timeUp to 10 hours
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0 with A2DP
2G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G coverage (MHz)850 / 1900 / 2100
4G coverage (MHz)700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100
Rear camera5 MP (2592×1944 pixels) with autofocus
Front cameraVGA
Video recordingUp to 720p@30fps
Dimensions127.5 x 64.5 x 14.5 mm
Weight171.8 grams
Announce DateJune 2013

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4 comments for “Is the NEC Terrain the world’s toughest smartphone?

  1. LinuxMint
    July 3, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Well, since basically all relevant LCD screens these days are based on active matrix thin film transistors, stating TFT is rather useless. I have to assume that TFT is wrongly being used synonymously for lousy TN, right?

    • Darren Yates
      July 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      NEC doesn’t specify any more than that. Don’t shoot the messenger… :)
      Still, it’s unlikely to be a TN. I doubt this phone will be cheap so it should come with a decent screen – you’d hope.

  2. LinuxMint
    July 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Well, with you being just the messenger, you are off the hook then ;-)
    I hate it when companies are dumbing up consumers by providing only irrelevant marketing hogwash rather than useful information.

    BTW, really nice to see, that posting a comment finally works, at least this once, after having failed plenty of times in the recent weeks.

    • Darren Yates
      July 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Yep, changed the site theme to something that worked more reliably.

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