Published on February 27, 2013 10:08 AM

MWC 2013: Samsung Presents Galaxy Xcover 2

A rugged phone for a rugged life

The Galaxy Note 8.0 may be the product getting all the attention at Mobile World Congress this year, but Samsung has also been presenting a number of other handsets for more targeted audiences. One such is the Galaxy Xcover 2.

As you may have guessed, the Galaxy Xcover 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Xcover, a rugged smartphone built to withstand a rough and tumble lifestyle. Like the Sony Xperia Z, the Xcover 2 is IP67-certified, which basically means that the International Electrotechnical Commission considers it worthy of the marketing terms 'waterproof' and 'dustproof'. But if we really wanted to be pernickety about things (and we do), we would point out that the IP67 rating only guarantees optimal underwater use up to 1 metre deep for 30 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

Were you so inclined to crack open the plastic body, you would find, among the other bits and pieces: a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory (expandable up to 32 GB via microSD). The Galaxy Xcover 2 has a micro-USB port, and the whole show is brought together under Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 - back

The display is a 4-inch WVGA panel with Gorilla Glass coating. The Galaxy Xcover 2 is 3G-compatible and features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a GPS system. It measures 130.5 x 67.7 x 12 mm, weighs 149 grammes and has a wrist strap to keep it attached to your person, rather than sitting at the bottom of a cliff or ocean somewhere.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 screen

The camera consists of a 5-Megapixel sensor and a physical shutter release button for underwater picture-taking.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 camera

Samsung hasn't said anything about the price yet, but they have indicated that it can be expected in the UK by sometime this March.
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