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Ingram signs exclusive supply deal for DEWALT MD501 smartphone

Paul Withers
April 19, 2016

Distributor will offer the Global Mobile Communications-licenced rugged mobile out to its UK reseller channel 

Ingram Micro has signed an exclusive contract with Global Mobile Communications (GMC) to distribute the new DEWALT MD501 smartphone to the UK market.

Manufactured under licence by GMC and made in China by RugGear, the device is IP68 certified, meaning it is dustproof and can be immersed in two metres of water for up to 30 minutes.


Rugged smartphone is resistant to dust and water while withstanding drops of two metres onto concrete

It is the first mobile device to be launched under the DEWALT brand. It is made with a five-inch HD Bright View Gorilla Toughened glass, can withstand drops of up to two metres on concrete and is able to operate in temperatures of -20°C to 60°C.

It weighs 245g and is powered by a 1.3GHz processor, running the Android 5.1 OS. It has 13MP rear and five megapixel front cameras, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory that can be expanded by 64GB with a microSD card and a 3,020mAh battery that provides up to eight hours of talk time.

Other features of note include dual SIM card slots, GPS, an amplified loudspeaker and Qi standard wireless charging.

‘Exciting opportunity’

Ingram Micro UK and Ireland vice president and country chief executive Brent McCarty said: “The newly acquired GMC contract further demonstrates Ingram’s status as a genuine lifetime partner for devices.

“This union offers an exciting opportunity for Ingram to validate their recent acquirements and expansion of competencies. It also stands as a brilliant testament to the work and growth of our Mobile team under new leadership from Matt Bramwell.”

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