A bit more details on new Nokia rugged device

Nokia has announced two new rugged devices equipped with 5G technology: the Nokia HHRA501x and the Nokia IS540.1. Surprisingly, most Nokia fans were expecting HMD Global’s phones to be used, but instead, lesser-known 5G phones from the German company i.safe MOBILE were chosen. It appears that i.safe MOBILE specializes in producing smartphones specifically designed for industrial use and applications. Their devices are built to be explosion-proof and exceptionally resilient.

While there isn’t much information available about the Nokia HHRA501x, the Nokia IS540.1 is listed on i.safe’s website. This phone marks the company’s debut in the 5G smartphone market. It was launched a year ago and it features a clear 6-inch full HD display, a 48 MP camera, and a 4400 mAh battery. Additionally, the phone includes a 16-pin ISM interface, providing a secure connection for approved accessories. The device also boasts an amplified speaker, which proves especially useful in noisy work environments.

Furthermore, the phone comes equipped with two programmable buttons: one on the side, which can be used for push-to-talk functionality, and a red button reminiscent of the XR series, which can be programmed to send an SOS signal.

Here are the specifications that I have gathered from the official webpage:

  • Size: 180.0 x 84.9 x 20.6 mm
  • Weight: 422.0 g
  • Display: 6.0″ (1080 x 2160 Pixel) Gorilla®Glass V3; can be operated with gloves
  • Processor: Qualcomm® QCM6490 Octa Core
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM; 128 GB internal memory; microSD up to 128 GB
  • Battery: 4400 mAh
  • Camera: 48MP AF rear, 5MP FF front
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi® 6: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/e/k/r/ax/v with Hotspot; luetooth® 5.2; GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, NFC
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, gyroscope, light, magnet, proximity, pressure sensor
  • Special: IP68 water/dustproof; MIL-STD 810H; from -20 °C to +55 °C
  • OS: Android 12

I haven’t found a lot of videos about the phone Nokia branded but there is a screen replacement video of a previous model which shows that phones are made of plastic and aren’t that easy to repair since there is a bit of soldering needed to connect display wires.


The company is also manufacturing a wide range of accessories, including various types of chargers, replacement batteries, docking stations, and phone holders. This comprehensive portfolio caters to a variety of needs and is clearly tailored to meet Nokia’s specific requirements.

They also have a smartwatch that goes well with the a phone and does the basic vital sign monitoring (pulse, steps, SpO2) and also has other features.

However, it’s worth noting that this phone won’t be available for commercial purchase, so there’s no need for concern. Nevertheless, it’s still interesting to gain more insight into Nokia’s new phones.