One thing I hate about smartphones is how fragile they are. Every now and then though, a company releases a ruggedized smartphone, and the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 is the Korean electronics giant’s newest offering for 2017. Not only does it do everything a smartphone can, but it also has a life-proof construction, allowing it to endure extreme environments, temperature conditions, vibrations, and more.
The Galaxy Xcover 4 has an IP68 rating, meaning it’s both dust tight and protected from long term immersion in water. Of course, Samsung’s newest flagships and a few midrangers are already rated at IP68. What sets the Xcover 4 apart though is that it also has the US military’s MIL-STD 810G rating, meaning it can withstand extreme temperatures, intense solar radiation, salt and dust, harsh weather conditions, as well as vibrations and mechanical shocks.
While the construction is undeniably solid, as a smartphone, the Xcover 4 performs like a midranger. It comes equipped with a 4.99 inch HD display and is driven by Samsung’s own Exynos 7570 SoC. You also get 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover will start rolling out in Europe in April with a 259 Euro price tag (about Php13.7k as of writing). No news yet on whether it will reach other territories such as ours anytime son though.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 Specs
- 4.99 inch HD display (720 x 1280 resolution, 294ppi)
- Exynos 7570 SoC
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage, expandable via microSD (up to 256GB)
- 13mp autofocus rear camera with LED flash
- 5mp front camera
- 4G/LTE, dual SIM
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
- IP68 dust/waterproof
- MIL STD-810G rated
- Price: 259 Euros (Php13.7k as of writing)