Samsung's smartphone range gets tough with the Galaxy XCover

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Samsung’s Android smartphone range is about to get as tough as nails with the introduction of a new rugged handset aimed at trade users. The Galaxy XCover is dust and scratch resistant, with a 3.65 inch scratch resistant display, and can hold its breath underwater for 30 minutes thanks to IP67 certification.

It’s smartphone credentials aren’t quite on a par with the Galaxy S II, but are quite strong for a rugged phone.

An 800MHz processor powers the HVGA TFT LCD display, with Android version 2.3 the OS of choice. Samsung’s Social Hub features, alongside 7.2Mbps HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity.

A 3.2 MP camera sits on the rear, and while only 150MB of internal storage features, a 2GB microSD card will be thown in the box too.

“We’ve designed the Samsung Galaxy XCover especially for those consumers who need all the functionalities of a smartphone that can stand up to demanding lifestyles,” said
Simon Stanford, MD for mobile at Samsung UK and Ireland.

“By combining the best of our social features together with a strong, airtight chassis makes this smartphone resistant to dust and water damage without compromising on the design.”

No pricing yet available, but expect to see the XCover in UK puddles near you before the year is out.

Gerald Lynch

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