Samsung has just revealed the Galaxy Xcover 2, one month ahead of Mobile World Congress 2013 trade fair. Rumors on the upcoming release of the smartphone leaked a couple of days ago, along with details on Samsung’s roadmap for the first half of 2013.
It appears that Samsung has other products readied for MWC 2013 and considered the Galaxy Xcover 2 unworthy for a big announcement at such a major event.
The follow-up of the rugged Samsung Galaxy Xcover is likely to be showcased at MWC 2013, next month, but until then let’s see what it has to offer.
First all, it’s worth mentioning Galaxy Xcover 2 will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box. Integrated with Motion UI, the device can easily interpret users’ movements to shake and update or turn over to mute.
Another selling point of the smartphone is that fact that Galaxy Xcover 2 has been optimized to endure against the most rugged outdoor conditions.
According to Samsung, the device is protected against various elements and is dust and sand proof.
The handset maker claims the Galaxy Xcover 2 is water resistant to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes (IP67 certified). That means that users will be able to take photos under water with the help of a direct camera key.
Hardware-wise, the handset comes equipped with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD memory card.
It also sports a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display that supports 480 x 800 pixels resolution, as well as a 5-megapixel rear photo snapper that features autofocus, LED flash and video recording. The smartphone also packs a secondary VGA camera for video calls.
Last but not least, users will be able to enjoy all the benefits of Samsung Hubs, including the latest apps and services such as Readers Hub, Video Hub, Game Hub and Music Hub.