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The LG X Venture is a tough, affordable Android phone with a big battery

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Exclusive to AT&T in the US

You might’ve seen a leaked image earlier today of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 Active for AT&T, but the carrier is also launching a ruggedized smartphone for customers on a tight budget. The LG X Venture is an Android 7.0 Nougat device with IP68 dust and water resistance, and the company claims the phone has passed 14 different MIL-STD 810G tests, including drop and temperature evaluations.

It’s exclusive to AT&T in the United States, but will also be sold internationally. AT&T will sell the X Venture for $11 per month beginning May 26th, which comes out to a little over $260 after 24 months.

The X Venture has physical buttons, so it can be more easily used with gloves, and a non-slip back texture reminiscent of the V10. There’s a QuickButton on the side that can be customized to launch your favorite app; by default it launches LG’s Outdoor Essentials app, which bundles numerous tools and software features together, including a barometer, compass, exercise tracker, weather, and flashlight. Double tapping the button can enable the device’s Glove Mode, which makes it easier to interact with the display in all weather conditions.

LG’s Outdoor Essentials app bundles the tools that outdoorsy people might care about.

The battery is also pretty huge at 4,100mAh — especially when you considering it only has to power a 5.2-inch 1080p display and low-end Snapdragon 435 processor. Here’s the rundown of other specs:

  • 32GB of storage (with microSD support)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5-megapixel wide-angle selfie camera
  • 16-megapixel rear camera

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Active is likely to be a significant departure from previous ruggedized versions of the company’s flagship smartphone. The physical buttons on the front are gone, which might leave people in certain work environments to give the X Venture a closer look — if they can deal with the far less powerful hardware.