Raptor R4s – A first look

Continuing our Raptor series launch week, today I’m looking at the R4s.  The first thing that strikes me is why is there an R4 and R4s in the Raptor range and what are the main differences?

Well whilst the Raptor R4 has a fine spec and does a really great job of being a rugged smartphone, the R4s brings a more “Smartphone” look and feel to a rugged device.  This brings a slimmer depth, the same 4.5″ screen but this time it’s flush rather than recessed and it also has a slightly improved spec with quad core CPU and IP68 waterproofing too.  There is a cost to this and it’s a smaller 3000mah battery.  So the R4s brings choice to those looking for as near to the smartphone familiarity as possible but in a rugged, supported package.

What is the Raptor R4s

So the R4s still brings:

  • True full ruggedness.
  • A big battery.
  • Great support with fast repairs.
  • Built in hand strap.

but this time in a slimmer package that’s designed to appeal to those looking for a more smartphone look and feel, it’s going to appeal to those in the BYOD market too with a dual SIM slot and MDM built in meaning 1 device for work and play is a reality.

In the hand

It is truly slim.  OK, OK, it’s not quite an iPhone 5 but its slim enough to raise an eyebrow of a rugged chap like me!  It reminds me a lot of my Samsung Galaxy actually in its width and the depth is refreshing if you’re used to a rugged device.  I can see how Raptor wanted to bring something slightly different in this area of the market.  The device will sit well against competition like the Motorola TC55, Honeywell 70e or even a Gen2Wave rugged PDA.

The R4s is also light, I think it’s 280g which is on the lower edge of what we sell here so, whilst it’s not in the 150g area of the large smartphone, this is as close as you’re going to get if you want something you can drop.  Plenty of physical buttons will also make sure taking photos, or using the SOS features are quick and easy to do.

I think this is an interesting device, it’s different, it should find a good place brining an inexpensive but feature packed device to a market that needs it.


The spec isn’t too shabby at all and it benchmarks very well compared to anything rugged that we sell right now.  This is down to the quad core MTK CPU, 1GB RAM and 4GB of onboard storage which can be expanded to 32GB through the microSD card reader.  An 8MP camera, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and AGPS mean the device is ready to do anything you come across in your busy work day or whilst using the device socially.

The device performed really well under test, no glitches, it ran smoothly and Android v4.2 complete with the play store pre-installed means that you have an up to date OS that’s become mature and feature packed.


IP68 is a rare level of water proofing but we’ve tested and pulled apart the device and it really is very waterproof and very dunkable!  The design itself it also rugged bringing a 1.5M drop spec and when in the hand you can clearly see it’ll last longer than anything Motorola or Honeywell currently offer in this area of the market and it will go toe to toe with many classic rugged PDA’s too.  The device is grippy, it’s easy to hold and has a handstrap too meaning you’re less lightly to drop it.  This device will definitely last a lot longer than any smartphone.

What we rate

  • 3000mAh battery is still bigger than the average smartphone.
  • Quad core CPU
  • Super tough ruggedness with 1.5M drop spec and IP68.
  • Lightweight.
  • Big screen.
  • Built in MDM, KIOSK software ready to run.
  • Great support.

What’s a bit late!

  • 3000mAh battery might not last all shift, the R4 will be a better device.
  • RFID is an option.

Price & Availability

The price is going to match the R4 price so if you need a more “Rugged” experience the R4 is the one for you, if looking for a more “smartphone” experience but still in a rugged device then the R4s is for you, you don’t have to choose the device based upon price, just what you feel fits best.

So, both devices are £350.  This also includes a built in warranty+ bringing fast repairs and access to all kinds of portal features to help you run the device and a lot of passion and expertise from us!  The R4s is on sale now.


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Dave's one of the founders of Raptor, his rants are memorable, his thoughts are stimulating and his heart is set on helping, entertaining and making things like mobile, Android, ruggedness, 3D printing and IOT simple.

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