The smartphones we have today, be it the Samsung Galaxy S III, the iPhone 5 or the Lumia 920 aren’t exactly rugged mobile machines. And that’s because the manufacturers tend to give less emphasis to the durability of the smartphone, with the main focus being the looks of the device. But the Sony Xperia Z changed the definition of good looking durable smartphones, and we hope other manufacturers follow suit. However, these rugged and durable phones also known as “life proof” phones have existed since the last few years. We saw Motorola announce the Defy back in 2010, and Sony announced the Xperia active in 2011 which boasted of water and dust protection. And then around the same time, in came the Samsung Galaxy Xcover which was dirt, dust and water resistant. These smartphones usually promise superior protection from all forces of life irrespective of where you are and what you’re doing. It’s been more than a year since the Galaxy Xcover broke cover, and we’re beginning to hear of a successor to the rugged phone. The folks at Sam Mobile have claimed that Samsung is prepping the launch of the successor to the original Galaxy Xcover which will apparently be unveiled at the MWC event next month.
The little info that was available about the smartphone suggests that this will be a standard low end budget smartphone when it comes to the specs inside, but would certainly make no compromises with its ruggedness. The Galaxy Xcover 2 apparently packs a decent sized 4-inch 480×800 display along with a 5MP rear camera and a VGA front facing camera. There’s 4GB of onboard storage apparently which will be expandable via the microSD card slot. The IP67 certification will be on board too, which gives it the tag of a rugged smartphone.
Surprisingly, we’re seeing fewer and fewer of these rugged smartphones in the market these days which is really disappointing. Because for those who use their handsets on a regular basis and almost everywhere they go, it’s impossible to keep it safe from drops or accidental coffee spills (or dunks in the toilets, oops). So it makes sense to have more smartphones like these coming to the market. The problem however with these phones is that they don’t usually come with a pleasing exterior as all the connectivity ports have to be covered with a rubberized flap to avoid water sneaking in. So the Galaxy Xcover 2 and the Sony Xperia Z could be the year’s first water and dust resistant smartphones. Will we have more? Only time will tell.