Hotwav W11 rugged phone

Hotwav W11 launched with an old processor but for a bargain

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One of the best nascent rugged phone brands called Hotwav, has quietly launched the Hotwav W11 just a few days after launching the Hotwav T7. The Hotwav W11 is a rugged phone with impressive specifications and features and is very affordable but it has its flaws, so let’s check them out.

Hotwav W11 Features

It’s equipped with a very bright LED Flash

So the Hotwav W11 has a unique rugged build, at its rear is a module that contains dual camera lenses and its one of the few rugged phones to be equipped with what some rugged phone brands calls a “Camping Light”.

A camping light on rugged phones is basically a very large and bright LED Flash that’s usually located at the rear of rugged phones that has it. As stated earlier, the Hotwav W11 is equipped with a bright LED Flash and it has a max brightness of 280 Lumens.

This means the flash is too bright to be used for reading but can light up your tiny room, okay for outdoor security/surveillance and you definitely need this if you end up in a very dark alley.

Additionally, it has a very rugged build and on its right side is the power and volume keys, the power button doubles as a fingerprint sensor, on the left side is a customizable key and SIM/SD card slots.

The device features a 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD teardrop notch display with a resolution of 1080×2460 pixels which is nice but the refresh rate is the standard 60Hz.

Honestly, for a cheap rugged phone, the display is okay, at least it’s FHD+ which remains a high resolution and it has more pixels but I can’t tell how bright the display can get because the nits to determine its peak brightness isn’t revealed.

Performance is its major flaw

One of the reasons why the phone has a 60Hz display is because of its processor. Under the hood, the device is equipped with the Mediatek MT8788 12nm octa-core processor that’s released in 2018, its very similar to the Helio P60 both in terms of specs and performance. It used to be among the most powerful and efficient 4g mobile processors from Mediatek but that was many years ago, there are far better 4g mobile processors today.

The Hotwav W11 also has 6 GB of RAM with up to 6 GB virtual RAM expansion support and 256 GB of internal storage with up to 2TB expansion via MicroSD.

Camera Details

In the camera side, the phone features a dual rear camera setup led by a 64 MP main camera paired with a 24 MP night vision sensor for a much clearer and brighter nighttime shots. A 16 MP camera, placed in the phone’s water-drop notch handles selfies and video calls. In addition, the main camera records up to 1080p videos at 30fps (Frames Per Second).


To make sure the phone can be used for a long time, the Hotwav W11 is equipped with a massive 20,800 mAh battery, not surprising because there are rugged phones with much more bigger batteries but it’s still insanely large regardless. This battery could easily last up to a week on a single charge with moderate use. Additionally, it supports 33W fast charging which is adequately fast enough for such a monster battery.

The device is offered in Black and Gold color options and it also features Bluetooth 51, NFC, OTG, Side fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock, Dual SIM, 4G LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, IP68 & IP69k, it’s MIL-STD-810H certified and it ships with the Android 13.

Finally, its display arrives with a pre-installed protective film and in the box is the 33W fast charger, the phone is currently available on AliExpress for just $210.

Final Thoughts

If you’re not the gaming type, then the Hotwav W11 is a rugged phone you might wanna to look into, its basically a very cheap rugged phone with premium durability features, decent main camera and night vision camera, its battery and internal storage is also quite large, it also has a very bright LED Flash that’s useful in the dark. So what do you think? Feel free to comment down below.

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