We’ve heard plenty about rugged and water resistant phones like the Motorola Defy, the Sony Xperia active and of course the Samsung Galaxy Xcover. This Samsung droid was water, dust and dirt resistant making it the complete package for heavy duty users. Sadly though, the market for rugged phones isn’t as big as the companies would like which is why we usually don’t stumble across a lot of these phones. However, Motorola thought it was a good idea to come up with a successor to the Defy with the Defy Plus and now it is Samsung which has come up with a successor to its Galaxy Xcover smartphone. This move was expected, but not this soon. We were originally expecting the Galaxy Xcover 2 to launch at the MWC later next month, if the leak last week was anything to go by. However, it’s good news that the device is here so that we can finally get it out of the rumor mill. So what does the successor to the original Galaxy Xcover pack?
Samsung has vowed to make this an instant favorite for hardcore users like the most of us. True to its rugged exterior, the Galaxy Xcover 2 is dust resistant and can sustain water levels of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes without skipping a beat. What’s even better is the fact that it is usable under water, now that’s exactly what you need for your swimming sessions, right? Jokes aside, the Galaxy Xcover 2 is a pretty rugged device as evidenced by the images above. Sammy has spared no expense in making this device a looker at one glance. Powering the smartphone inside is a 1 GHz dual core processor (manufacturer not known), 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera sensor on the back and a decent 4-inch 480×800 resolution display. The rugged exterior means that the smartphone is a tad heavier than your average handset at 148.5 grams. Thankfully, Samsung has made sure Jelly Bean is running on the smartphone on top of the TouchWiz Nature UX of course. A 1,700 mAh battery powers the device up which Samsung calls “massive” for some strange reason. Either way, the Galaxy Xcover 2 has merely been shown off and there are no details on availability or price just yet. We’re guessing Samsung wants to keep that for the MWC event next month in Barcelona.
As expected, the Galaxy Xcover 2 doesn’t feature state-of-the-art hardware specifications, which is most probably to accommodate for the low price tag. Maybe manufacturers should take a leaf out of Sony’s book and learn from what it has done with the Xperia Z, which is a water/dust resistant smartphone and a flagship device at the same time. There’s no rule book anywhere which claims that rugged phones have to be low end or mid ranged, so I don’t quite understand the logic behind low end rugged phones. Regardless, the Galaxy Xcover 2 will certainly appeal to a different set of audience and we will anxiously wait for more info on the device at the MWC next month. In the meantime, you can let us know what you think of the device by dropping a line below.