Earlier this week, we saw a few leaks for the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2. Today Samsung made the device official with Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean. And as you expected, it is a follow up to last year's Galaxy Xcover but it does come with IP67-rated water and dust resistance. As far as specs go, here's what we are looking at:
- 4-inch WVGA 800×480 resolution
- 1GHz processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 4GB of internal storage; expandable via microSD card slot
- 5MP rear-facing camera; VGA front-facing camera
- Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean, Touchwiz Nature UX
So it's not the best spec'd device, or even the best looking device from Samsung. But it is rugged and a mid-range device. So it should be able to handle anything you throw at it, or anytime you drop it. It appears that Samsung is trying to take on Casio with this rugged device. You may or may not remember, but Casio has released a few devices on Verizon that are rugged, and are running some pretty old versions of Android. At least this rugged, mid-range device is running a fairly recent version of Android, in fact it's only one major version behind the Nexus family.
Of course, as usual Samsung did not release any pricing, or availability for the Galaxy Xcover 2. But I'd expect to see this device in mostly developing markets, and maybe on Verizon. Especially since they love those rugged devices from Casio. We'll have to wait and see where Samsung decides to ship this device, hopefully we'll get a release date and market availability soon. I'd also expect Samsung to bring this device to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, along with a bunch of other devices including the Galaxy Note 8.0 that's been rumored heavily.
So is anyone interested in the Galaxy Xcover 2? Let us know in the comments what you think about this rugged, mid-range device.