Samsung understands that not everyone wants to risk carrying a top-of-the-range, and sometimes quite delicate, Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2 around with them; particularly if the job they do means there’s chance of it being subjected to abuse. Alternatively, if you have what marketing people like to refer to as an, “active lifestyle,” and are often surfing, mountain climbing, white water rafting or something else usually seen only in TV adverts for soft drinks; those phones may not be suitable either.
Step forward the Galaxy Xcover 2, a new rugged phone from Samsung which aims to provide a little peace of mind for when you’re in a situation which may cause your phone some undue stress. It has been put through some tough tests and given an IP67 rating, so it’ll keep out both dust and sand particles, plus it’s waterproof to a depth of one metre for up to 30 minutes. That should keep it working if it has a little accident on a building site or down at the beach.
The Xcover 2 doesn’t share the Galaxy S3’s impressive spec list though, and it makes do with a 4-inch screen, a 480 x 800 resolution, a dual-core processor with a 1GHz clock speed, plus a 5 megapixel camera. Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is installed, and it has Samsung’s TouchWiz UI along with features such as S Voice and Smart Stay.
A 1700mAh battery should keep the Xcover 2 up and running for 570 hours, plus it has GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, 4GB of internal storage memory and a microSD card slot. Samsung hasn’t provided any details of its release or price yet, but with Mobile World Congress coming at the end of February, we should find out more then.