When working in an outdoorsy environment with extreme conditions, you probably wouldn’t want to use a brand-new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or an iPhone 7. You’re more likely to look for a mobile that could withstand almost anything, a phone that will allow you to keep up-to-date with the latest gossip on your social media feeds, a device that you can still use to browse the internet with and yes of course, make phone calls and send text messages with.
Well, good news, Samsung have recently announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) that they’re bringing out a predecessor to the oh so reliable XCover 3. The new XCover 4 is a rugged Nougat-powered smartphone that’s ideal for people working in the conditions mentioned above.
Aiming at business users, the Galaxy XCover 4 comes with Samsung Knox 2.7 preinstalled, which Samsung claims “provides defence-grade security from the moment the smartphone is turned on”. The XCover 4 is fully water and dust resistant and comes with MIL-STD 810G certification, which means it’s designed to withstand extreme temperatures, mechanical shocks and vibrations and intense solar radiation. There’s also a built-in “Glove Touch” mode, for using the handset while, you know, wearing gloves.
The Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 will be available across Europe next month, but no pricing details have yet been announced.
Overall this smartphone has a much slimmer chassis, if you compare it to the rather chunky XCover 3, it also packs a 5 inch HD TFT display, which is different from Samsung’s’ go-to flagship device high-res AMOLED screens. The XCover 4 also packs a 1.4GHz quad-core processor which is backed up by 2GB RAM, you will also find a 2,800mAh battery and 16GB of built-in storage, don’t worry though, you can expand that to 256GB as it has a microSD card slot. You’ll also find a 13MP main camera, a 5MP front-facing camera with flash, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and a standard microUSB charging port.