Samsung has recently announced a new rugged smartphone- Galaxy Xcover 3 silently. The third under the rugged Xcover series, the phone has strictly mid-range specs, since it is focused more on protection than on the specs.
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 features a 4.5-inch WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) PLS TFT capacitive display, which has a pixel density of 207 ppi. The handset is not sleek at all, with dimensions 132.9 x 70.1 x 10 mm and weighs 154 grams, which is quite heavy. The phone will have 8 GB of internal memory, and will have the expandable storage option via microSD card upto 32 GB. It has 1.5 GB RAM, and for the processing power, there will be a chipset on not yet known architecture, complied with a Quad-core 1.2 GHz CPU. For the photography and videography options, this smartphone will have a 5 MP primary camera with autofocus and LED Flash which can capture videos upto 1080p @ 30 fps, and a 2 MP secondary camera for video calls and selfies. The juice will be provided by a Non-removable Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery. For the connectivity options, there will be LTE support, microUSB v2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and NFC. The phone will run on Android 4.4 KitKat operating system out of box with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI over it, and is planned to get the Lollipop update in near future. The phone will be available only in Gray color.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 has the same protection certifications as the Galaxy S5 Active. It is MIL-STD 810G certified for salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistance. The IP67 certifications means the Xcover 3 is dust-tight and can survive in 1m-deep fresh water for half an hour. The rugged gadget offers physical control keys below its display and there is an additional Xcover key, which lights up the LED flash on a short press, or fires up the camera with a double click.
The price and the launch date is not yet revealed, but this phone is expected to be on sale starting next week, and the price will be around 300$/280Euro.