2/10
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The Sonim XP8 currently has an Informr score of 2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Mobile Syrup

While the Sonim XP8 isn’t for everyone, myself included, it might be the perfect device for someone like my father. He doesn’t care about having the slimmest or most attractive handset. He just wants a phone that works and that that he can watch the occasional YouTube video on, but that also survive...

- Dean Daley, Mobile Syrup


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Common Questions


Sonim released the XP8 on April 4, 2018.


The XP8 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Sonim XP8 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sonim XP8 user manual here.


Sonim backs up the XP8 with a 3 Years parts & labour warranty.


If your XP8 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sonim support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sonim's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
5"

The Sonim XP8's screen size is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4900mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4900 mAh battery. Sonim's performance ratings are 1800 minutes.

Sonim XP8 Specs

Overview
Release date April 4, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.37 W/kg
Body: 1.39 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 3 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Standard Battery, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4900 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1800 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.95 x 1.8 cm (6 x 3.1 x 0.7 in)
Weight 335 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, White balance, Zero shutter lag, Time lapse
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MP3
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Sonim SCOUT, Lone Worker/Man-down)
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


Mobile Syrup

A rugged phone you can jump on, literally

from Mobile Syrup

While the Sonim XP8 isn’t for everyone, myself included, it might be the perfect device for someone like my father. He doesn’t care about having the slimmest or most attractive handset. He just wants a phone that works and that that he can watch the occasional YouTube video on, but that also...More

While the Sonim XP8 isn’t for everyone, myself included, it might be the perfect device for someone like my father. He doesn’t care about having the slimmest or most attractive handset. He just wants a phone that works and that that he can watch the occasional YouTube video on, but that also survives blizzards and the dangerous stools he uses at his job.

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User Reviews


The biggest issue is the screen sensitivity.  Sometimes the keystrokes work and other times you have to go back and try and hit the letter you want two and three times.  It seems worse for the letters and keys around the edges.  Do not buy.

dan

Misleading advertisement

phone is ok, big heavy. I got it because it was advertised to have wifi calling but it does not have wifi calling.


Hi Dan. What carrier are you with? Both AT&T and SouthernLinc in the US claim that phone supports Wi-Fi Calling. And..Sonim lists support for it in their data sheet https://www.southernlinc.com/lte/pdfs/sonim-datasheet-xp8-sl-final-2018.pdf. Have you contacted your carrier you are with to see if they support WiFi Calling with that particular phone?

jp

decent but very annoying

the battery is very good, and the speaker is very loud. BUT... overall i think the phone sucks for several reasons:


1. the programmable keys are terrible. you cannot set them to the flashlight... only to apps. and the stupid TELUS link app always over-rides your choice of apps (for me its always no app) and sets itself to the extra buttons. For a phone that is supposed to be simple, durable, strong, reliable, and not flashy, this is not what i want.

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the battery is very good, and the speaker is very loud. BUT... overall i think the phone sucks for several reasons:


1. the programmable keys are terrible. you cannot set them to the flashlight... only to apps. and the stupid TELUS link app always over-rides your choice of apps (for me its always no app) and sets itself to the extra buttons. For a phone that is supposed to be simple, durable, strong, reliable, and not flashy, this is not what i want.


2. the ptt key is very easy to accidentally press, which activates the phone. the default lock-screen has an emergency call button, which is also surprisingly easy to be pressed in your pocket. It accidentally dialed 911 from my lock-screen and the police had so show up to my work-place to confirm that there was no emergency, and that it was just a pocket dial. this has never happened to me with any other phone. if i had no lock screen, then my phone is vulnerable, plus all the apps and settings get messed with from my pocket, and it calls random people... not what you want from a phone. And no phone of mine has ever been so easy to pocket-dial with. It hasnt ever been a problem for me in the past. I ended up downloading a random lock-screen app to solve the problem, but i wasted a lot of time finding a simple one that did what the default one should do.

Additionally, the programmable keys dont even work for me anyways when i do set it to an app. thanks for nothing.


3. the double-shake gesture to toggle the flashlight is very rough, i imagine because the phone is so bulky. i dont mind it being bulky. it needs to be durable for my job, and thats the whole point. but the gesture to activate the flashlight is very clunky. it goes on by itself in my pocket and wastes batteries, but doesnt go off when i intentionally try and shake it. its very glitchy. my old phonw had the double-shake flashlight feature, and it was great. on this phone, it sucks so bad i just deactivated. and since i cant set the programmable keys to the flashlight, im left to toggling the flashlight the old-fashioned way only, like a sucker. 


4. when i first got the phone, the GPS did not work. i tried everything that the internet / telus support could suggest, but the gps unit was faulty and so nothing worked. i ended up having to go back to the store to return it and get a new phone, which was a real hassle for me because i was busy with work and life, and basically had to waste a day of weekend to drive around and get the issue solved. which sucked because i work 6 days a week. 


so all in all, this phone has been mostly a very expensive regret. ok yes, the battery life is great, and the volume is very loud, which makes it great for listening to music. Those qualities are important and i do appreciate them. 


Take it with a grain of salt... I am someone who thinks that the modern tech industries produce mostly garbage anyways, with all the big producers like windows, microsoft, google, etc all trying to out-sell each other, they make shiny garbage that breaks quickly, and cover up a weak foundation with fancy but un-necessary features. But this phone so far has not convinced me to believe otherwise. and here i was hoping that it might be different.


anyways happy shopping everybody. my advice is that you just talk only to the people around you and dont buy a phone at all. if there is a good phone on the market, it must be sold only in the lost city of atlantis, because I have not seen it

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