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Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL review

5/10 AVG.

  • Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL
  • Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL
  • Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL
  • Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL

Informr score
The Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL currently has an Informr score of 5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Push-to-Talk
  • Rugged design
  • Good battery life

What's bad

  • No email client
  • Camera lacks autofocus
  • Low-grade screen

The Sonim XP 1520 BOLT SL is a ruggedized, candybar-style phone that features a 2-inch, 240x320 resolution display, 128MB of RAM, 0.3MP camera with LED flash and video record, push-to-talk, and a talk time of up to 12 hours. It also offers expandable memory up to 16GB via microSD, Bluetooth 3.0, WAP browser, GPS and an FM radio.

This handset is military-certified to withstand a variety of adverse conditions, including vibration, humidity and extreme temperatures. According to Newswire, the BOLT SL is “built on the same ultra-rugged platform that holds the Guinness World Record for the toughest phone.”

While sparse on features, this is a durable phone that exceeds a variety of military specifications, making it a contender for users who work outdoors or adverse conditions.

Operating system
Screen Size
VGA (640 x 480)

What the Critics Are Saying...

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- Monish Kumar, Fone Arena

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Common Questions

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Sonim backs up the XP1520 BOLT SL with a 3 Years parts & labour warranty.

If your XP1520 BOLT SL 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

The %phone_name%'s screen size is 2 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Custom operating system (OS).

VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

256 MB

Internal memory is 256 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1950 mAh battery. Sonim's performance ratings are 720 minutes.

XP1520 BOLT SL Specs

Release date July 17, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1900/2100 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System Custom

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Internal Storage 256 MB
RAM 128 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.21 W/kg
Body: 1.11 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 3 Years
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1950 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 1380 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) No
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 720 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 36.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.6 x 6 x 2.5 cm (5 x 2.4 x 1 in)
Weight 185 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density 200 pixels
Size 2 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard Yes
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
VGA (640 x 480)
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Frames, Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
, 0 fps, up to 0 minutes
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, MP3, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (MAUI wap browser)
Included Software / Apps -
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