Samsung to ship update to ruggedized Xcover smartphone
<a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278024==http://www.samsung.com" rel='nofollow'>Samsung</a> is updating its <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278023==http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/08/10/samsung.galaxy.xcover.meets.ip67.rugged.standard/" rel='nofollow'>Galaxy Xcover</a> ruggedized smartphone with an improved specifications list. The Galaxy Xcover 2 has a 4-inch 800x480-resolution display, slightly larger than its predecessor, but it retains the similar protective construction that allowed the Xcover to operate in outdoor environments without too much trouble. <br />
As before, the Xcover 2 is dust- and sand-proof , and now adds a battery cover lock to the design, preventing accidental opening of the rear. It has been IP67 certified for water resistance, allowing it to be left underwater at a depth of three feet for half an hour, and it's direct camera key will also function while submerged, permitting underwater photography.
Powered by a 1GHz processor running Android 4.1, the Xcover 2 has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage, expandable by microSD up to 32GB, and includes GPS, Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi direct connectivity. The rear 5-megapixel camera has autofocus and an LED flash, and is joined by the front-facing VGA camera, while the 1,700mAh is claimed to have a lifespan of 570 hours on standby.
The announcement did not include details pertaining to its release, though that may be made available during Mobile World Congress in February.
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