For the mobile office worker there’s not a lot on the market that will live up to the demanding lifestyle that the road often offers. Samsung has announced their latest ruggedised phone, the XCover Pro, aimed at the business user who needs a smartphone that can keep up.
The X Cover Pro will launch in Australia ‘imminently’ according to Danny Mandrides, Head of Enterprise & Government, Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics Australia.
Mr Mandrides further said that with the release of the XCover Pro ‘Samsung is further extending business ready mobility solutions in 2020 with the launch of Galaxy XCover Pro, a smartphone designed for the demanding conditions of business users who need to operate in a range of tough environments’.
The XCover Pro features all the big name specs you’d want from a smartphone, with a 6.3” FHD+ Infinity Display, Exynos 9611 CPU, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage (Expandable with microSD card) and dual rear cameras. The big note features though are the user replaceable 4,050 mAh battery and the ruggedised body which has been Mil-Spec tested and rated to survive drops of up to 1.5m and also includes an IP68 dust/waterproof rating. The lightly textured rear should also make it easier to hold.
|159.9 X 76.7 X 9.94mm (218g)
|6.3” FHD+, Wet Touch, Glove Mode
|Exynos 9611 (2GHz Octa-core)
|4GB + 64GB, microSD up to 512GB
|Single Front Camera: 13MP, FF, F2.0Dual Rear Camera: 25MP, AF, F1.7 + 8MP, FF, F2.2
|4,050 mAh, user replaceable, Fast Charging (15W)
|Dual SIM (EUR), Single SIM (NA)5
|NFC (EMV L1)
|Google AR Core
|IP68, 1.5m drop (MIL-STD 810G certified)
|Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, Gyroscope
|Two Programmable Keys
Samsung is pushing the XCover Pro as an enterprise focused device, and to ease IT administrators minds, software updates are guaranteed. Samsung starts the phone off with Android 10, the latest version of Android available, and is offering two years of feature updates and four years of security updates with the X Cover Pro, a decent guarantee in this mobile landscape.
It’s not just Android that’s up to date, Microsoft will feature heavily on the XCover Pro, with Mr Mandrides further saying ‘Microsoft and Samsung have a long history of bringing together the best possible hardware and software to help solve our customers’ challenges‘. As part of the announcement, Samsung and Microsoft have announced that the XCover Pro is the first phone to incorporate a new Microsoft Teams feature — Walkie Talkie.
There’s no launch dates for the XCover Pro in Australia, but with Samsung talking about imminently, we can bet we don’t have long to wait.