Samsung announces new waterproof smartphone – The Galaxy Xcover 2

Samsung has announced the S7710 Galaxy Xcover 2, a rugged IP67-certified smartphone. This means it is waterproof and is impact and dust resistant. While today’s smartphones may boast of as many pixels as on your television and a processor which is faster than your PC, but they are not great at outdoor use. One drop and you are almost guaranteed of a big repair bill. But that’s not the case with Samsung Xcover 2.
Xcover 2
Though it looks like a regular Galaxy handset in a very sturdy case, but the Xcover 2 is much more than that. According to Samsung,
“Galaxy Xcover 2 is the ideal smartphone for active explorers who are enjoying outdoor lifestyles and seeking a durable mobile device with essential smartphone capabilities.”
Of course there are other water-resistant phones in the market, including its predecessor, the Galaxy Xcover. But what Xcover 2 offers is its new IP67 certified device can withstand damage if it is immersed in up to 1 metre deep in water for 30 minutes. While dust and sand have no chance of penetrating its surface with a battery cover lock as well as strap holder that the phone provides. Samsung has also added a dedicated camera key and encourages you to go and take pictures underwater with it.
As far as the specifications as a smartphone are considered, Xcover may not match a high end smartphone but its enough to fulfill your smartphone needs while going for an adventure.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 key specifications:
  • 4-inch TFT LCD display with 800 x 480 pixels and 233 ppi
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage expandable upto 32GB
  • Android v4.1 aka Jelly Bean
  • 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, A-GPS, Glonass
  • Li-ion 1700mAh battery
  • Dimensions 130.5×67.7×12 mm
  • Weighs 148.5 grams
But what’s interesting is that Xcover 2 was rumored to be launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona (February 25-28). But it chose to unveil it just days ahead of the scheduled BlackBerry 10 launch on January 30. It seems Samsung is trying to steal Blackberry’s thunder with this launch.

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