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Samsung’s next rugged phone should be much cheaper than the previous one

 

Rugged Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 shows off its armor in leaked specs

You must love a phone that can take a bump. Samsung has made several, from the Galaxy Active series to the more recent Xcover Field Pro. The latter made a splash with its high price tag and outdated software, but the updated Xcover 5 leaked onto the software update schedule earlier today. In just a few hours, both photos and specifications are available.

German site WinFuture.de showcases photos of the front and back of the phone, as well as a collection of unconfirmed specs. The model is rather modest: the number 5 in the name refers to its 5.3-inch 720p display, which is practically tiny by modern standards. Its Exynos 850 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and a microSD card slot won’t surprise anyone either. A single 16MP rear camera won’t top the DXOmark lists.

On the other hand, the combination of low cost and durable hardware can be a hit for those tired of paying for screen repairs. The Xcover 5 is said to be IP68 rated and 810G compliant, making it dust-proof and water-resistant up to a meter deep. There is no word about shock resistance, but the 9.2mm thickness of the phone looks like it has more padding than usual. Gorilla Glass 6 isn’t as durable as the new Victus, but much better than what you’d expect on a budget phone The Pixel 4a, for example, uses the GG3.

Winfuture reports that the estimated price is 290-300 euros, which in the US will be about 350 dollars. Perhaps more importantly (and this contrasts well with the Xcover Field Pro), it runs Android 11 and will live up to Samsung’s promise to update its phones within four years. The indicators point to an imminent launch, though where Samsung wants to sell the phone is anyone’s guess.

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