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Samsung's small, cheap, and rugged Galaxy XCover5 is now official and landing this month

Samsung's small, cheap, and rugged Galaxy XCover5 is now official and landing this month

Yesterday we saw a couple of leaks for a new Samsung rugged phone, and whaddya know, here it is. The Galaxy XCover 5 is a smaller, cheaper entry in the tough-as-nails series, a fraction of the cost of the XCover FieldPro. And crucially, it's actually running a current version of Android.

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Ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 shows off its armor in spec-filled leak

Ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 shows off its armor in spec-filled leak

You gotta love a phone that can take a beating. Samsung has made a few, from the Galaxy Active series to the more recent Xcover Field Pro. That last one made a splash with its high price and ancient software, but an updated Xcover 5 was leaked in a software update schedule earlier today. Just a few hours later, both photos and specs are available.

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Samsung has a new rugged tablet with an S Pen and removable battery

Samsung has a new rugged tablet with an S Pen and removable battery

Samsung sells a few rugged Android devices under its 'Active' brand, but it has been over three years since the company released a new rugged tablet. Thankfully, businesses looking for tough devices now have a new model to pick from: the Galaxy Tab Active3.

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Archos made a rugged 5G phone with a monstrous 8,000mAh battery

Archos made a rugged 5G phone with a monstrous 8,000mAh battery

Rugged electronics are usually built with only one thing in mind: an exterior that can withstand extreme pressure and violent conditions. While these devices often cut corners when it comes to the interior, that doesn't seem to be the case for the Archos X67 5G that was released just today. It hides a massive 8000mAh battery and the mid-range Mediatek chip Dimensity 800 in its rugged exterior.

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Samsung quietly unveils rugged Galaxy XCover Pro with removable 4,050mAh battery (Update: US pricing)

Samsung quietly unveils rugged Galaxy XCover Pro with removable 4,050mAh battery (Update: US pricing)

Samsung has a solid lineup of rugged smartphones, but they usually get sidelined by their myriad of mainstream, lifestyle peers. Something similar happened when it revealed a brand-new adventure-ready phone on the hush-hush in Finland alongside four new Galaxy A and Lite models. The Galaxy XCover Pro appears to come packed with a bunch of rugged features making it sturdy yet usable in rough environments.

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Kyocera's new Verizon-exclusive phone sports a rugged design and a sapphire screen

Kyocera's new Verizon-exclusive phone sports a rugged design and a sapphire screen

Rugged phones aren't generally very exciting. They're all big, boxy things, with plastic shells meant to absorb force from drops. Kyocera's new Verizon-exclusive rugged phone, though, is... well, it's a big, boxy thing with a plastic shell. But it also has a sapphire screen and an action camera.

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Casio's new Pro Trek Wear OS watch is a little less chunky but just as tough

Casio's new Pro Trek Wear OS watch is a little less chunky but just as tough

Casio's Pro Trek line of smart watches started in 2016 with the WSD-F10, a bulky, expensive Android Wear device with aesthetics and a feature set slanted at the outdoorsy market. The company followed up in 2017 with the WSD-F20, a refinement on the concept. Now, Casio is back at it with the WSD-F30, which is less chunky, but still rugged (and expensive).

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[Update: Sprint, too] Samsung Galaxy S8 Active may be coming to T-Mobile, first 'Active' branded device to leave AT&T

[Update: Sprint, too] Samsung Galaxy S8 Active may be coming to T-Mobile, first 'Active' branded device to leave AT&T

Samsung's Active line of flagships has been an AT&T-only zone for years. Since the first S4 variant launched in 2013, big blue has held exclusivity to the rugged flagship. (There was one Sprint S5 variant, but it wasn't called Active.) But the days of AT&Tyranny for the Active line are coming to an end. It looks like the durable IP-68 version of Samsung's flagship is headed to T-Mobile. At least, someday. 

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Cat S41 packs in a 5000mAh battery for 44 days standby and charging lesser phones

Cat S41 packs in a 5000mAh battery for 44 days standby and charging lesser phones

When you think of powerful phones, it's natural to imagine a phone with the pixel-pushing power to handle tasks like Daydream VR or some graphically intensive game. The Cat S41 has an entirely different type of power, however. The comparatively massive 5000 mAh battery can be used to charge phones with batteries that just can't handle the rugged use cases of the rugged users of rugged phones.

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Samsung announces the ruggedized Galaxy Tab Active2

Samsung announces the ruggedized Galaxy Tab Active2

Most of Samsung's mobile products are designed to be sleek and modern, but the Active series puts function ahead of form. You might call them clunky, but they can take more of a beating than standard Samsung Galaxy devices. There's a new active device today, and it's not a phone. This is the Galaxy Tab Active2, a rugged tablet aimed mostly at businesses.

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