Land Rover launches Land Rover Explore Smartphone

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The new Land Rover Explore mobile phone is tough and capable – like the Discovery SUV that inspired it.

Powerful enough for two full days of typical use and durable enough to keep you connected when the going gets tough, it is developed by Land Rover and Bullitt Group and will be revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Designed with cues from the unbeatably capable and desirable Land Rover Discovery, the Explore smartphone is at home in the office and on an outdoor adventure, navigating as you go further and stay out for longer.

A powerful 4000mAh battery gives a full days hiking, biking or skiing with screen on constantly and GPS navigation mapping activated on the five-inch HD display. Battery life can be doubled by using an Adventure Pack that also boosts the reliability and accuracy of the GPS signal and improves the mapping.

The Land Rover Explore is as adventurous as you are. Drop-tested to 1.8 metres with a factory-fitted screen protector, it can survive underwater – including salt water – and can cope with extreme temperatures, humidity, thermal shock and vibration exposure. This level of protection ensures the device can survive heavy downpours or muddy trails and will continue to work, keeping you connected.

The Android-powered phone’s home screen has a customisable outdoor dashboard for instant access to weather information and data from the device’s sensors. The full HD screen works in bright sunlight and can be controlled with gloves or wet fingers.  It is also fully compatible with all Land Rover in-car apps.

This is the smartphone we’d all like to own – a perfect combination of design and functionality that embodies the Land Rover DNA and enables customers to be outdoors for longer, with the confidence to go further.

Joe Sinclair,
Director of branded goods and licensing,Jaguar Land Rover

 

Other hardware packs are available for the Land Rover Explore, including a large 4370mAh additional battery and a universal bike mount.

The Land Rover Explore launches with the Adventure Pack, bringing GPS handheld capabilities to the smartphone straight out of the box with an RRP of €649/£599. It will be available to order from 26 April 2018 via www.landroverexplore.com and selected retailers including Cotswold Outdoor and Snow + Rock in the UK, Sporthaus Schuster in Germany and AS Adventure in Belgium.

The Land Rover Explore will be on display at Mobile World Congress (stand CS78) from 26 February to 1 March 2018 and then at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Land Rover Explore outdoor phone specifications

  • Huge battery (4000mAh) plus add-on battery pack
  • IP68 splash, water and dust resistance
  • Drop-proof to 1.8 metres with factory-fitted screen protector
  • Premium grade, detailed off-road topographical mapping options from ViewRanger with Augmented Reality Skyline feature
    • In-box premium off-road mapping voucher, giving a choice of country-wide or custom region topographical maps in many markets.
  • Customisable outdoor dashboard to access to the most important weather information, sensor data, and on-device tools for your activity: eg weather, wind, tides, compass, SOS light
  • Android Nougat OS, with scheduled upgrade to Oreo
  • 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, expandable via microSD
  • Deca-core 2.6GHz 64 bit MTK Helio X27 chipset with dual SIM functionality
  • 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 4x digital zoom
  • Bright five-inch FHD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protected, optimised for outdoor use
    • Touchscreen can be controlled with gloves on or with wet fingers
    • Night red filter mode reduces screen glare, preserving natural vision in low light and at night
  • LTE Cat 6
  • Curated apps and content catalogue relevant to outdoor pursuits

Adventure Pack specification

  • 3600mAh additional battery
  • 25 x 25mm ceramic patch GPS antenna
  • TPU protective case
  • Stainless steel carabiner with canvas strap
  • IP68 and 1.8-metre drop tested

Bike Pack specification

  • Bike mount and case for both stem and handlebar
  • Tilt to adjust viewing angle or change device orientation

Battery Pack specification

  • Ultimate battery performance, additional 4,370 mAh of battery capacity
  • IP68 and 1.8-metre drop tested

About Land Rover

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true ‘breadth of capability’ across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque each defines the world’s SUV sectors, with 80 per cent of this model range exported to over 100 countries.

About Bullitt Group

Bullitt Group helps global brands extend their product portfolios into new categories, particularly in the connected devices market. We design, manufacture, market and sell products under license for our brand partners.

Since its formation in 2009, Bullitt Group has designed, manufactured and distributed millions of mobile phones, audio products, other connected devices and related peripherals to more than 60 countries across the globe.

Bullitt Group’s head office is in Reading, UK, with additional offices in Taipei (Taiwan), Shenzhen (China), New York (USA) and Singapore.

www.bullitt-group.com

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JLR Special Vehicle Operations(SVO) Technical Center

JLR confirms one SVO model each year until 2020 with the unveiling of new base; first is reported to be a Land Rover model due for this year

Jaguar Land Rover opened a new dedicated base for Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) last week.The SVO Technical Center is located near the British brand’s facility in Coventry at an investment of £20 million. It will enable the performance division to speed up the production of JLR models carrying it’s badge.

The new factory spans 20,000 square meter and will be responsible for the manufacturing of one SVR model every year from now and until the end of this decade. The yearly production volume will be ramped up between 40 and 50 per cent from the current 3,500 targeted units. A new SVR model will be launched in the closing months of this year and is believed to be from the Land Rover stable.

The existing models bearing SVO credits are Range Rover SV Autobiography, Jaguar F-Type SVR and the Range Rover Sport SVR. The brand new production base employs 200 skilled workers and a further 250 employees will be recruited this year to increase the work rate of the operations within SVO. The SVO Technical Center is evident to Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment in making performance and luxury oriented vehicles. SVO is relatively new to the JLR family as it’s been only a couple of years since the first product came out. Despite that JLR has built a no compromising facility that is inspired a “Formula 1 engineering center” according to Managing director at SVO, John Edwards. It’s an all-under-one-roof base with the presence of corporate offices, an eco-friendly manufacturing area, technical suite, highly sophisticated paint shops and so on.

Alongside producing new models, the vast premise will allow SVO to meet the personalisation demands of the customers. A total of £7.5 million has also been invested for the classic business division which is scheduled to open in the later parts of 2016.

With the growing popularity of the JLR vehicles worldwide, the company is expanding its main facility, and already received district council approvals, with a massive £500 million investment.

Source: AutocarUK