Samsung Announce Galaxy Xcover

Korean mobile giant Samsung has announced the latest addition to its Galaxy range, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover; a rugged smartphone similar to Motorola’s Defy.

The Xcover runs Android Gingerbread, features a dust and dirt-resistant 3.6-inch scratch-resistant HVGA screen and is powered along by a single-core 800MHz processor.

Other specs include Bluetooth 3.0, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi connectivity and 150MB of internal memory. In keeping with the rest of the Galaxy stable, Samsung’s Touchwiz user interface is layered over the top of Android.

Whilst the specs may seem a little underwhelming for a Galaxy handset, it’s the handset’s tough credentials that set it apart from its rivals. The chassis of the IP67-certified device is airtight to prevent dust and dirt particles from affecting the innards and its display is said to be “four to five times” stronger than regular screens.

Most impressively though, the Xcover can be submerged in water up to one metre deep and remain water-resistant for up to 30 minutes.

Samsung neglected to provide a UK release date more specific than ‘later on this year’ and didn’t reveal price points either, although we’d expect it to be positioned as a mid-range device.

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