Rugged smartphones are few and far between, which is why the Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro ‘s very quiet announcement is one that might be of great interest to some of you out there.
The device has been clearly designed with respect to reliability and even comes with a MIL-STD-810 certification That means that, unlike many other Samsung smartphones, it should be able to withstand its fair share of abuse. In Finland (via WinFuture.de), which is coincidentally the home of the original rugged smartphone company — Nokia, the device was confirmed with zero fanfare.
Inside, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro will feature an Exynos 9611 octa-core chipset, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of internal storage — which can be expanded via microSD card. It’s also a large device with a full 6.3-inch LCD display with a punch hole notch and an aspect ratio of 20:9.
There is also space for a 4,050 mAh removable battery that also allows fast charging of 15W. This is quite impressive as the Xcover Pro also has a water and dust resistance rating of IP68. On the back, you can find a dual rear camera setup comprising of an ultra-wide-angle lens of 25-megapixel wide and8-megapixel. As for the selfie app, a 13-megapixel sensor is hosting the display notch. As a capacitive fingerprint scanner, the power button also doubles on the side.
One of the device’s sore points is that it will come pre-installed with Android Pie, although we’d be surprised if the Android 10 update didn’t happen. That may be a dealbreaker for some of you out there, but the Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro looks like a decent option at least on paper with very few solid rugged smartphones.
As far as availability is concerned, we are not sure whether or when we will see the Xcover Pro outside Finland, but WinFuture.de states that it will retail for € 499 and is planned to expand during February to other European markets.