has launched the Galaxy Xcover 4, its tough new smartphone for anyone who needs a device that has to able to survive a thrashing in the elements.
While fans eagerly await the launch of the and S8 Edge later this month, the Xcover 4 is another Samsung phone that demonstrates its efforts to make a Galaxy phone for just about everyone.
Its latest Galaxy Xcover is for those who don't really care about its Galaxy S premium features, but do need a mid-range phone that can survive being dropped into and extreme temperatures.
As with 2015's Galaxy XCover 3, Samsung is promoting its successor as IP68-certified, as well as to MIL-STD 810G, a set of guidelines for equipment made for the US military.
While the IP68 certification means the device is protected against dust and water, MIL-STD 810G covers like extreme temperatures, shocks, intense sunlight, and salt-water mist.
Some companies that provide to employees might appreciate the additional ruggedness. Also, according to Samsung, won't prevent owners of the Xcover 4 from making calls, writing messages, or tapping on apps.
The rugged phone comes with 7.0 and features a 720 x 1,280-pixel display, with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB , 16GB and microSD support, according to the specs sheet. It weighs 182gm (6.4oz) and comes with a 2,800mAh battery. The phone has a 13-megapixel main camera and five-megapixel front-facing camera.
These would all be improvements for anyone looking to from the Galaxy XCover 3, which launched two years ago with Android 4.4 KitKat installed. That model a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage, a display at 480 x 800-pixel resolution, and a five-megapixel main camera with a two-megapixel front camera.
The Galaxy Xcover 4 will go on sale in Europe in April for €259 ($272) and is available only in black, according to Samsung Germany.