From across a range of industries, a unanimous voice has emerged: Workers need a durable smartphone, one that can stand up to being dropped. Factory workers, those in the transportation sector and construction workers share this need, along with retail workers and others whose phones suffer the consequences of accidental drops.

Careless handling and on-the-job accidents have pushed cracked-screen repair to become close to a $4 billion-a-year industry in the U.S. Smartphone designers have responded to the challenge with rugged devices that can help the enterprise reduce total cost of ownership, while still delivering the high-end features that drive productivity.

The trend can be seen in the latest of Samsung’s durable smartphone — the Galaxy S8 Active, a well-rounded smartphone that has proven itself in a range of versatility tests to achieve both MIL-STD-810G specification and IP68 certification.

Drop-Testing to Validate Durability

Military-grade testing, or MIL-SPEC, was developed by the Defense Department to test the survivability of devices that might be used by troops in the harshest conditions. Developers have embraced the standard as a high-water mark for durability in enterprise devices: If it’s tough enough for the battlefield, then it ought to make the grade in field service, construction, transportation and other hard-use industries.

Phones meet MIL-SPEC by undergoing a range of trials, among the most telling of which is the drop test. To investigate the durability of the Galaxy S8 Active, researchers put the devices through a 26-drop trial from five feet. The successful outcome of this testing served to validate the device’s suitability for a range of industries in need of a robust mobile solution.

Unique Design Delivers Greater Durability

Some very specific technological evolutions have been incorporated into the Galaxy S Active line to ensure that the phone will live up to the demands of challenging environments such as manufacturing facilities, construction sites and even military operations.

The device has an advanced screen system designed to withstand drops. The flexible Super AMOLED display delivers superior shatter resistance, and it’s enhanced by Gorilla Glass 5 and a replaceable, polycarbonate outer layer. A projected bumper provides high-strength protection against shock and abrasion, and an outer screw secures the bumper to the frame for improved durability. For the Galaxy S8 Active, this screen design brings an exceptional level of sturdiness to the device, along with a high degree of performance.

The device’s durability is further fortified by a metal frame design, which provides protection for all the technology packed inside. This includes ample storage: 64 GB internal plus up to 256 GB microSD support.

For field workers who are out all day, as well as retail employees who need uninterrupted performance, the device comes loaded with the biggest Samsung smartphone battery yet, which, at a hefty 4000mAh, can keep you powered up all day in the field.

Rising Demand for Ruggedized Smartphones

Technical specs and test results help illustrate the potential of the latest ruggedized devices. But what does it all mean in practical terms?

For business users, MIL-SPEC toughness means more productivity in the field, and lower costs associated with the repair and replacement of broken phones. A field worker caught in a sudden shower doesn’t have to worry about a device being ruined. A factory worker can rest assured that heavy vibrations and falling dust won’t kill a phone. Retail workers can get through inventory without having to fret over battery life. An iris scanner, Samsung DeX for extending productivity to the desktop environment, Bixby for smart new ways to use the device, and Samsung Knox security all add to the versatility of these devices.

The demand for rugged smartphones should come as no surprise, considering the costs associated with phone breakage. As mobile phone use proliferates in field work, factories and across the hard-use business landscape, analysts predict a steep rise in demand for rugged smartphones. VDC Research expects shipments of rugged smartphones to increase from more than 5 million in 2014 to close to 10 million in 2019.

In addition to cost concerns, demand is growing because the phones themselves are getting smarter, with the expanding apps ecosystem making the smartphone an essential tool for mobile workers in every industry.

The latest generation of ruggedized devices ensures users in the toughest conditions will have not only the functionality they desire, but also the durability they need.

See how enterprise mobile solutions such as the Galaxy S8 Active are changing the way that employees work on a daily basis.