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