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Jan
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Who wants a new "lifestyle device?" You know, those phones and tablets that cater to a very niche, and usually pretty small, market. Like Samsung's new Galaxy Xcover 2, for example. This ultra-ruggedized device is made for extreme conditions. It's waterproof for up to 30 minutes at a meter deep, dust/sand-proof, and crazy-durable. It can even take pictures under water! Seriously, that's pretty cool.

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Aside from the ruggedized shell, the Xcover 2 also features an "enhanced GPS + GLONASS which shortens the satellite signal detection by up to 20% to tracks your location more accurately," along with a "massive 1,700mAh battery" (really, Samsung, we need to talk about what 'massive' actually means).

So far as specs are concerned, don't expect a powerhouse. I'm not sure why all these rugged phones always use last-year's hardware – that's just how it is.

  • 4" WVGA display
  • 1Ghz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • Android 4.1
  • 130.5 x 67.7 x 12 mm, 148.5 g

Naturally, there's no word on price or release date at this time. I'm sure we'll be seeing this hunk-of-rugged plastic at Mobile World Congress in February, so maybe we'll get more info about it then.

Press Release

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Clint Pedersen

    The specs aren't terrible. They aren't great either though. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  • John O’Connor

    "rugged phones always use last-year's hardware" Perhaps Googlerola will do something about this with it's X phone.. I would love a rugged phone but can't justify the downgrade in capabilities

    • ins0mn1a

      http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-z/#black

      there you go. not sure it's rugged enough, but it has the best ruggedness+specs combination that i know of.

      • digi_owl

        Do wonder if the Acro S will drop in price shortly. Still, the one thing i do not find about Sony phones is how drop/crush resistant they are. Phones that are really rugged have a certain look about them. This because they are designed to take falls and things landing on them, not just liquids and dust.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/moneta.mace Mace Moneta

    Pretty close to the Motorola Defy XT 556/557.

  • http://twitter.com/canoewinslow Canoe

    Does this mean the Rugby LTE is finished then?

  • Faust

    Any hints as to which network it could drop on?

  • lordmerovingian

    "...along with a "massive 1,700mAh battery" (really, Samsung, we need to talk about what 'massive' actually means)."

    Hey, "massive" is relative.. *snicker * snicker*

  • Bleakvision

    Another repackaged Galaxy S Advance. They sure love that 4" display from 2010...

  • http://profiles.google.com/jonathanlyng Jonathan Lyng

    Ruggetised phones are a great way to sell surpluss chips (including screens, cameras...) once the production line has been modified to build better ones. And get huge value returns from those low value chips by a different packaging . This is why they often come out with last year/semester chips.

  • montahchos

    comparing to the xperia Z, how though is this S4 ? what i think is xperia Z has better design, but this also nice, except the button.

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