Crosscall introduces the Core-X5 and Core-T5, a rugged smartphone and tablet for professionals


Specialist in enhanced mobile solutions, the French brand Crosscall has just unveiled the Core-X5 and Core-T5, a particularly resistant smartphone and tablet, intended for professionals.

Since its inception in 2009, the French company Crosscall has specialized in the manufacture of waterproof and shockproof smartphones. The brand has just unveiled two new products that do not fail the company’s DNA: Core X-5 and Core T-5, a 4G smartphone and tablet that is supposed to be able to withstand the worst conditions that are trying to stand out in PMR. (Professional Mobile Radio). All products thus benefit from the X-Talk application, which is developed internally, to be used as a walkie-talkie via a programmable button. Ideal for sectors such as construction, the army or emergency services.

A phone ready for anything

Crosscall Core X-5 shares similarities with Action X5, which we tested a few months ago. It has an IP68 waterproof certification and is therefore waterproof up to two meters deep for 30 minutes, in fresh or salt water. It displays a military standard MIL-STD-810H and Crosscall promises resistance to falls of up to two meters in height. These multiple protections do not make it a lightweight smartphone as it weighs 256 grams. We appreciate the presence of a 3.5mm jack port, an NFC chip and a microSD card slot (separate from the Dual-SIM slot). It is always equipped with a magnetic area to be able to attach it to other X-Link compatible products.

Crosscall Core X-5.  © Crosscall

Crosscall Core X-5. © Crosscall

It has a 5.45-inch IPS LCD panel that is displayed in HD + (1440 x 720 pixels) and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood there is an octa-core Snapdragon 665 coupled with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage space . Not enough to excite gamers or productivity enthusiasts, but probably enough for the staff that the company targets.

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The device, which comes with Android 11, is certified Android Enterprise Recommended, which ensures the upgrade to the next Android OS as well as a regular update of security patches for at least the next three years. In addition, the device itself is guaranteed for five years. The icing on the cake, it benefits from an excellent repairability rating (9.1 / 10).

The smartphone is designed to be used in difficult conditions.  © Crosscall

The smartphone is designed to be used in difficult conditions. © Crosscall

In the image, the Core X-5 is equipped with a simple rear dorsal module consisting of a 48 Mpx wide-angle lens whose lens opens at f / 1.8. The ultra-wide angle of its predecessor has therefore disappeared. However, it will be able to record in 4K at 30 fps. An 8 MP sensor is located on the front.

Autonomy is ensured by a 4940 mAh battery, and the smartphone is compatible with reverse charging via USB Type-C port. A 10W charger is included in the box. Due to its technical schedule, we can expect good endurance. It is now offered for € 549.99.

A tablet for professionals

The Core T-5 tablet retains the same philosophy as the Core X-5. This 594 gram 4G tablet shows the same certifications as the mobile (IP68, IP6X, US MIL STD 810H, etc.), but excels in its larger size. Here again we find a 3.5 mm jack port, a microSD port (up to 512 GB) and an NFC chip.

On the other hand, we take advantage of an 8-inch screen displayed in 1280 x 800 pixels, protected by Cornig Gorilla Glass 3. To run it all, we are again entitled to the Snapdragon 665, this time combined with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage space. It has a five-year warranty and benefits from the same application for Android as the mobile.

Crosscall Core-T5.  © Crosscall

Crosscall Core-T5. © Crosscall

In the picture, Crosscall has chosen a simple 13 Mpx rear sensor here. A 5 MP front module is located at the front. The tablet also has a 7000 mAh battery, which will probably take a long time to recharge with the included 10 W charger. It sells for € 649.99.

These two models therefore complete a series already consisting of Action-X5 and Core M-5, launched in late 2021.

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