1

Samsung just unveiled a rugged smartphone for the outdoorsy type, dubbed the “Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2″.

The company described it as “the ideal smartphone for active explorers who are enjoying outdoor lifestyles and seeking a durable mobile device with essential smartphone capabilities,” because it is able to endure the most extreme outdoor conditions.

The Android smartphone is notably dust and sand proof, and it is even water-resistant up to one-meter deep for 30 minutes. The battery cover lock provides extra protection, as well. The Xcover 2 also features pre-downloaded Google map data, an enhanced GPS + GLONASS that shortens satellite signal detection roughly 20 percent for more precise location tracking, and a Cardio Trainer Pro workout app that helps people meet fitness goals by creating a tailored training program.

On the spec side, the Galaxy Xcover 2 sports a 4-inch WVGA display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Samsung TouchWiz, 5-megapixel auto focus camera with LED flash, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4GB user memory, 1GB RAM, microSD up to 32GB, and a Li-ion 1,700mAh battery. The dimensions equal 130.5-by-67.7-by-12-mm, with a 148.5 g weight.

The official press release did not offer details about a launch date or pricing, but Swedish website CDON already has the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 on pre-order for 2,690 Swedish krona (or $415 USD) with an estimated shipping date set for Feb. 21.

Get more details in the press release below.

Related articles:

Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2

January 25, 2013
SEOUL, Korea – January 25, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, today unveiled the Samsung Xcover 2, the ideal smartphone for active explorers who are enjoying outdoor lifestyles and seeking a durable mobile device with essential smartphone capabilities.
• The GALAXY Xcover 2 is optimized to endure against the most rugged outdoor conditions, whether you’re at work or
   play. Protected against the elements, it is dust and sand proof. It’s even water resistant to a depth of one meter for up to
   30 minutes (IP67 Certified). You can now take photos under water with the direct camera key, hold on tight to your
   device with the strap holder and not worry about dropping your phone as the battery cover lock gives added protection.
• Pre-downloaded Google map data, an enhanced GPS + GLONASS which shortens the satellite signal detection by
   up to 20% to tracks your location more accurately, LED Flash next to the camera which can be used like a torch and
   a huge battery capacity of 570 hours(1,700mAh), making the GALAXY Xcover 2 is the best possible smartphone partner
   for outdoor exploration.
• In addition, the Cardio Trainer Pro workout application will also help you achieve your fitness goals by creating a
   tailored training program, checking your progress and recording your track and speed.
• For everyday, users can expect the powerful performance characteristic of a Samsung smartphone with the robust
   GALAXY Xcover 2 shell. Its vivid 4.0” (100.8mm) WVGA display provides a clear and wide viewing experience,
   a 5-megapixel camera and VGA front camera that will let you record precious moments in high resolution,
   Bluetooth® v 4.0 gives a better connection that consumes less power and detects devices 50 meters away.
   An impressive 1GHz dual core processor powers the core of the GALAXY Xcover 2, which ensures
   a fast operating speed for seamless multitasking, faster webpage loading and softer UI transitions.
• Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2 runs Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean) enabling faster and smoother screen transitions and
   providing an enhanced user interface featuring a new, easier-to-use notification panel. As a premium Samsung
   Android™ phone, the device is packed with a series of innovative features and services to boost performance and
   the overall user experience. The intuitive Motion UI understands your movements to shake and update or turn over
   to mute; data can be synced, backed up and restored with S-Cloud; S Voice lets users control the phone using
   their voice, allowing you to see the weekly weather forecast, the contact number you’re trying to find or even take
   a picture as you speak; Best Shot recommends the best shot from a series of photos; Smart Stay recognizes
   whether the user is looking at the screen to dim the screen accordingly. Users can also enjoy all the benefits of
   Samsung Hubs, including the latest versions of Readers Hub, Video Hub, Game Hub and Music Hub.