DeWalt might be known for its power tools, but the maker is now entered the lucrative smartphone market with the announcement of its MD501 smartphone that promises to be a tough and rugged device capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions, including temp: ranging from -20C (-4F) to a whopping 60C (140F).

The MD501, as it’s been named, is based on the Android OS. Although it’s not widely available for purchase yet, it’s creating a stir with its features and IP68 certification, which means it can be submerged in up to two meters (around 6.5 feet) of water for up to 30-minutes without any damage. This device can also reportedly survive getting dropped from a height of around two meters and comes with a price-tag of $543 in the UK.


For high-speed functionality, the MD501 is 4G, and it also offers GPS location services. This positions the smartphone as a business tool as much as it is a durable device to have on the job.

Taking a look at that hardware spec-sheet, the MD501 handset features a 5-inch 720p display panel with Gorilla Glass 3 protection from Corning. This new device is powered by MediaTek’s MT6735 SoC, which comes with a quad-core CPU clocked at a maximum of 1.3 GHz. The rest of the hardware is fairly respectable, including 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.

As for the cameras, the rear-facing shooter comes with a 13MP sensor, whereas the front-facing selfie-cam is a 5MP unit. The phone comes with dual SIM slots, both of which reportedly support LTE connectivity. The device also supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 4.0, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, USB OTG and comes with a MicroUSB 2.0 port for charging and data syncing.

Talking about charging the handset, the one interesting aspect of the MD501 is that it comes with Qi wireless charging for the 3,020 mAh battery in what is believed to be a first for any ‘tough’ phone.