Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro is a rugged phone with removable battery
Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones is one that is very diverse. Over time, just like any other manufacturers, they’ve greatly evolved their design language to adapt to current trends. For the most part, though, this design language resembles closely what other smartphone manufacturers keep doing: either glass-aluminum sandwiches or shiny plastic phones that resemble these glass-aluminum sandwiches, with the rare occurrence of a fully aluminum-clad device here and there. For those folks that are not fond of these designs and the feature removal brought on by them, the Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro may be attractive.
The closest way I could describe the Galaxy XCover Pro would be a blend of old things and new things. On one hand, we have a hole-punch Infinity-O display (yet with considerable bezels given its rugged nature), a dual-camera setup, and an Exynos 9611 processor powering everything behind the scenes. On the other hand, it features a polycarbonate design that, aside from just being rugged, reminds us of a lot of older Samsung devices, as it features a removable back and–prepare yourselves–a removable battery. A long-forgotten, yet now niche feature seems to be surfacing again in 2020, giving hope to those users–there’s still a lot of them out there–that were holding onto their older devices because of it.
Aside from this, though, the Galaxy XCover Pro is also a rugged phone, which means that it is meant to withstand abuse and has an IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. As for the rest of the specifications, there’s up to 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable storage, a 25MP main camera with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle rear camera setup and a 13MP front-facing camera, and a 4,020 mAh battery. It is expected to become available in Europe in early February for around $550.
Galaxy XCover Pro
Dimensions and weight
Octa-Core (2GHz) Exynos 9611
Memory and storage
Support up to 512 GB
Android 9.0 (Pie)
Biometric Identification Methods
Acceleration, Proximity Sensor, Compass, Gyro