Samsung gets tough with the Galaxy Xcover 2

If you’re lifestyle involves a bit more activity than occasionally running for a bus, Samsung’s new Galaxy Xcover 2 might be the phone for you.

Designed for ‘active explorers who enjoy outdoor lifestyles and want a durable mobile device with essential smartphone capabilities’, the Xcover 2 can be used for work and play, including anything that might put you into contact with dust, sand, water and the odd hard surface.

A dedicated camera key allows for underwater photography and video recording, with a strap holder ensuring it won’t be lost forever when you decide to swim the Atlantic.

Okay, so maybe that’s going a little too far; but the phone will happily stay submerged in water of up to a metre in depth for 30 minutes – enough to cope with most scenarios involving water.

As a device for people who like to be outdoors, the phone is also equipped with support for both GPS and GLONASS satellite positioning systems – making it quicker to get a location fix and a more accurate one at that. The LED flash for the camera doubles as a torch and the 1,700mAh battery aims to keep you going until you return home at the end of a tiring day.

Specs wise, there’s a 4-inch 480×800 pixel display, 1GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 operating system – with a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 0.3-megapixel camera on the front for video calling. 4GB of internal storage is accompanied by a memory card slot for additional storage.

Measuring 130.5×67.7x12mm and weighing 148.5g it won’t weigh you down or take up valuable space in your pockets or bag.

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 goes on sale in the UK from March.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Specifications 
Network
  • HSPA 14.4/5.76    900/2100MHz
  • EDGE/GPRS      850/900/1800/1900MHz
Processor 1 GHz dual-core processor
Display  100.8mm(4.0”) WVGA(480 x 800) TFT
OS Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Camera
  • Main(Rear): 5-megapixel auto focus camera with LED flash
  • Sub(Front): VGA camera
  • Direct camera key
Video
  • H.264, MPEG‐4, H.263, VC‐1, Divx/Xvid, Sorenson Spark, WMV7, WMV8
  • Recording/ Playback : 720p
Audio
  • MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR‐NB, WMA, FLAC, WAV, MID, IMY, AC3
  • Music Player with SoundAlive
  • 3.5mm Ear Jack
Content Features & Services Samsung Apps
Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air
Samsung TouchWiz
  • Samsung Hub
  • Game Hub
  • Readers Hub* / Music Hub* / Video Hub*
Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service
Samsung AllShare Play
Motion UI, Smart Stay, Best Shot, S Voice, S Cloud, Cardio Trainer Pro*
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads
RuggedizedFeatures IP67 Certified
Battery cover lock, Strap holder
GPS A-GPSGlonass
Connectivity
  • Bluetooth®v 4.0
  • USB 2.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Wi-Fi Direct
Sensor Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Memory 4GB User memory + 1GB (RAM)microSD (up to 32GB)
Dimension 130.5 x 67.7 x 12 mm, 148.5 g
Battery Standard battery, Li-ion 1,700mAh

 

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