While most eyes have been drawn to Samsung's Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite reveals out of CES 2020, the South Korean electronics giant has quietly unveiled a new rugged smartphone in the Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro, which news site ePressi confirmed for release in Finland on January 31.
Reportedly priced at €499 (around $554 / £423 / AU$807), the Galaxy Xcover Pro boasts a more premium design than previous rugged smartphones, including a 6.3-inch Infinity-O display with minimal bezels and two programmable buttons. The LCD display will also allow for 'Wet Touch' and 'Glove Mode'.
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As you would expect from any rugged phone, the Galaxy Xcover Pro has been built to take a beating, and it should be able to do just that with a military-grade impact resistance rating of MILSTD 810G.
Additionally, the phone carries a water and dust resistance rating of IP69, which is LEC's maximum protection level, meaning the Xcover Pro should even be safe during high-pressure cleaning.
It's what's inside that counts
In terms of specs, the Xcover Pro is very much situated in the mid-range of Galaxy's smartphone spectrum, sporting Samsung's Exynos 9611 octa core (2GHz) chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (with microSD expansion up to 512GB). It also carries a dual camera setup (25MP main sensor + 8MP ultra wide sensor) on the rear and a 13MP front-facing selfie camera.
Interestingly, the Galaxy Xcover Pro also boasts a removable 4,050mAh battery, allowing users to swap it out for a fully juiced one when the device's 15W fast charging capability just isn't fast enough.
So far, it's unknown whether Samsung's Galaxy Xcover Pro will see a release outside of Finland, but given the popularity of rugged smartphones in Europe, we expect the device to expand to other countries in the coming months.