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Samsung announces Galaxy XCover 5 rugged smartphone for £329

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Samsung has finally announced the Galaxy XCover 5 rugged smartphone. It is priced at £329 in the UK and succeeds the Galaxy XCover 4 from 2017.

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Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 Price Availability

Samsung has launched a single memory variant of the Galaxy XCover 5. This variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage and is priced at £329 in the UK. Since it’s a rugged smartphone, you can’t expect fancy colors on the device.

As for availability, Samsung says that the device will be available in regions like Asia, Europe, and Latin America later this month i.e, March 2021. The customers of the UK, however, can get it from March 12 via Samsung Business shop online.

Samsung says that it will make the device available for purchase offline in Samsung Experience stores once they re-open on Government’s guidelines.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 Specifications and Features

Design and Display

Just like every other rugged smartphone out there, the Galaxy XCover 5 is aimed at factory and field workers. Samsung says that the device is sleek, durable, easy-to-hold however, it doesn’t compromise on the productivity features.

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Talking about the design, the Galaxy XCover 5 in Graphite Black color has Military standard certification (MIL-STD 810H). This means you can drop it from a height of up to 1.5meteres and still it is claimed to survive the drop. It also has IP68-certified for dust and water resistance(freshwater up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes).

At the back, it has a textured finish in the middle and the corners are designed for shock absorption. Upfront, it has a 5.3-inch HD+ TFT LCD display. This display has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1480 x 720 pixels. Samsung hasn’t mentioned the Protection in its press release

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but prior leaks say that it is Gorilla Glass 6.

Specifications and Features

Under the hood, it features Exynos 850 chipset paired with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage. For cameras, you get a single rear 16MP f/1.8 shooter with LED flash and a 5MP f/2.2 sensor up front for selfies.

As for security, Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 has Samsung Knox end-end encryption, and face unlock (biometric authentication) via the selfie shooter. Since it’s a part of Enterprise Edition, it should get 5 years’ worth of security updates.

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Some of the productivity features include push-to-talk for walkie-talkie features using the Microsoft Teams app, barcode scanner(using Samsung Knox Capture). To fire them up quickly, you have a programmable key on the left. This key can also be used for LED flashlights, emergency calls or maps.

Other features include a 3,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging, USB-C port, POGO pins(only for Charging), dual-nano SIM with 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, 5GHz Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and Android 11 OS.

Finally, the Galaxy XCover 5 measures 147.1 x 71.6 x 9.2mm and weighs 172 grams.

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