The rugged Xcover has been updated and the official launch of the Xcover 2 has revealed this latest tough phone. The specifications mean this isn't a top spec phone but it sits pretty squarely in the mid-range of the market and if you like to play hard or drop your phone in water then this could be the one for you.
The hardy exterior of the phone is dust and sand proof and water resistant being able to withstand a dip in a metre of water for up to 30 minutes (IP67); the camera can even be used underwater.
The phone runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1 and has a 4-inch WVGA display and a 5-megapixel camera. Samsung’s Motion UI is on board for motion control, might come in handy when mountaineering (?). The phone has a 1GHz dual-core processor, Bluetooth 4.0 and a front facing VGA camera.
So those specifications don't put it up there with the top Galaxy models but Samsung says this is for the "active explorers who are enjoying outdoor lifestyles". Those explorers are sure to like the features that have been designed with the outdoors in mind such as the Google Maps pre-loaded data that works with an enhanced GPS + GLONASS which tracks your location more accurately. There is a strap holder for the phone so you won't drop it as you enjoy your outdoor pursuits and the battery has a capacity of up to 570 hours standby so even if you get lost orienteering your phone will keep you company.
We are still waiting for confirmation on availability and pricing but that should be confirmed at the MWC 2013.