Samsung‘s got a new kid on the block. It’s the Galaxy Xcover 7, a rugged Android phone. This isn’t your average device, it’s a mid-ranger with a build that’s tough as nails. It’s designed to take a beating in harsh environments and keep on ticking.
The phone’s hitting some markets later this month. But hold your horses, a wider release is coming in February.
So, what’s the deal with the Galaxy Xcover 7? It’s all about that rugged design. This handset’s got a MIL-STD-810H military standard build. It’s sturdy, with a design that gives you a stronger grip.
You’ll find bumpers along the edges. These bad boys protect the screen and internal components when the phone takes a tumble. It can handle drops of up to 1.5 meters. Plus, it’s got an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. This means it can survive underwater for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters.
But it’s not just about the design. The Galaxy Xcover 7 packs a 6.6-inch TFT display with an FHD+ resolution. It’s got a 60Hz refresh rate and enhanced touch sensitivity. The display can read inputs even when the screen surface is wet or you’re wearing gloves.
Samsung’s added a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ layer on top of the display for extra protection. There’s also a customizable XCover Key that can be used to execute any preset function.
Samsung’s keeping mum on the chipset. But the 6nm octa-core processor they’re talking about could be MediaTek’s 5G-enabled Dimensity 6100+ with a peak CPU speed of 2.2GHz. The Korean firm has paired the chipset with 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage.
The Galaxy Xcover 7 supports microSD cards up to 1TB for expandable storage. But don’t expect groundbreaking performance. This device is more about durability.
Let’s talk cameras. The new rugged Samsung phone features a 50MP camera at the back with dual-LED flash. It’s also got a 5MP selfie camera.
Connectivity-wise, you get dual-SIM (physical SIM + eSIM) with LTE and 5G cellular connectivity. Other options include Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth v5.3, and NFC. The Galaxy Xcover 7 also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and supports Dolby Atmos audio. Built-in GPS and a wide range of sensors are part of the package too.
Under the hood, the device is fueled by a 4,050mAh user-replaceable battery that supports fast charging via a USB Type-C port. You also get POGO Pin charging support, though the charging dock isn’t included in the box. Samsung won’t give you a USB-C charger either.
The phone boasts Samsung Knox security with Samsung Knox Vault and face unlock support. The whole package measures 169.0 x 80.1 x 10.2mm in dimension and is relatively heavy at 240 grams.
As for price and availability, Samsung says the Galaxy Xcover 7 will go on sale in select markets later this month, running Android 14 out of the box. It will cost €359 in Europe, or at least in Germany. The device is slated to arrive in Switzerland on February 2 with a recommended retail price of 329 Swiss Franc (CHF), which is equivalent to €352 or $387. There is no word yet on the US release of the new Xcover series phone from Samsung.