A full-functional smartphone in a tiny form factor
The handset is designed to meet the demands of an active outdoor lifestyle
The Unihertz Atom is billed as the world’s smallest 4G rugged smartphone. It is the second attempt from Unihertz as a crowdfunded smartphone. The first, Project Jelly, saw nearly 11,000 backers pledging more than $1.25 million. With Atom, the company is aiming for something bigger. The estimated delivery date for the Unihertz Atom is October 2018.
The Atom is unlike any smartphone you have seen until now — it is tiny (97x45x19mm) and weighs just over 100 gm. Think of it as a rugged smartphone that has been compressed into something stockier. With rubber used all over its chassis, the Atom feels durable.
Where others would have used yellow lines to accentuate its rugged looks, Unihertz chose red as the accent colour for the Atom. At the front of the device are a camera and three capacitive buttons, one of which also doubles as a fingerprint reader.
The device has been IP68-certified which means that it has been tested and should easily withstand life outdoors, and be capable of dealing with its fair share of water, dust, shock and extreme temperatures.
The Atom is kitted out with components usually found on mid-range handsets: an Octacore CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB on-board storage and runs Android 8.1 Oreo. There’s no microSD card slot, though. The screen is a 2.45-inch display, supports dual SIM cards and universal 4G band and a decent 2,000 mAh battery.
The small size and low resolution of the display means the GPU on the Atom didn’t have to work as hard as other handsets. The small screen — which is oleophobic and covered with Corning Gorilla Glass — is usable, but don’t expect the same level of comfort as a bigger model. Starting and swiping apps works okay but typing onscreen can be a hassle as keys on the virtual keyboard are just a few square millimetres in size.