Expecting to rough out with your smartphone? Well, good news is, in addition to the usual suspect like DOOGEE, CAT, Zebra and the likes, you now has one more option to add to the list: the Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro. That’s right, folks. Galaxy has a new family and it is rugged.
Like the CAT S52, Galaxy XCover Pro’s sleek look hides its rugged built. There’s no usual bulk you expect from a traditional ruggedized smartphone which is cool. The device is intended for “frontline workers” like, you know, construction workers, oil and gas workers, and nurses.
As far as survivability goes, the device is IP68 rated, capable of sustaining drops of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) – thanks to its MIL-STD-810G certification – which also protects it against extreme altitude, humidity, and extreme temperatures.
This being a field-use phone, it has one very important feature: a 4,050 mAh replaceable battery. You read that right. The battery on this little guy can be replaced just like phones used to be.
Other notables include 2 GHz octacore Exynos 9611 chip, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, microSD slot that supports up to 512 GB, a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with glove mode and works in rain and snow, a dual rear-camera (25 MP + 8 MP wide-angle), a hole-punch 13 MP front-facing camera, NFC support for contactless payments, facial recognition, fingerprint sensor (integrated with power button) and two programmable buttons that can be customize for specific uses.
One of the uses, for example, is mapping a button to the walkie talkie feature in the recently announced Microsoft Teams.
It is worthy to mention that it has Pogo pin charging support and compatibility with third-party tools like scanners, credit card readers et cetera. Rounding up the package is, of course, Samsung’s defense-grade security, multilevel Knox platform.
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro smartphone is expected to sell for $499.99 in stateside when it becomes in the first half of 2020.