Samsung unleashes Galaxy Xcover – a ‘rugged’ Android phone

18 Apr 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover

Samsung has released the Galaxy Xcover in Ireland, a ‘rugged’ Android smartphone which is waterproof to a depth of 1 metre.

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is waterproof to a depth of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes.

It’s airtight, meaning it’s resistant to dirt and water damage. It also has a reinforced display with an anti-scratch screen made from tempered glass, which Samsung says is four to five times tougher than regular glass.

According to Gary Twohig, Samsung Ireland’s general manager, the rugged phone was designed for users with an active lifestyle who need the functionalities of a smartphone.

“The Galaxy Xcover sports a strong airtight chassis and gorilla glass, making this smartphone resistant to dust and water damage without compromising on the design,” he said.

Beyond its ‘rugged’ features, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover offers a 3-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash. The flash is also optimised to work as a torch.

The Xcover includes Samsung’s Social Hub to consolidate social networking feeds into one destination. It also includes HSDPA 7.2/HSUPA 5.76, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover is available now on eMobile, Meteor and 3 from free on bill pay.