Android CentralFollowing some brief leakage earlier this week, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Xcover 2, a new ruggedized mid-range phone running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. As the name suggests, it’s a follow-up to last year’s Galaxy Xcover, and it comes packing IP67-rated water and dust resistance.

Hardware-wise, we’re looking at a dual-core 1GHz CPU running the show, with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD slot. The screen’s a 4-inch WVGA (800x480), and there’s an 5MP rear camera and a VGA front-facer. (A dedicated camera key is also included.)

As ruggedized smartphones go, the Xcover 2 brings some interesting hardware and design chops, and the fact that it’s running an up-to-date version of Android should result in a pretty good user experience, too. Today’s announcement doesn’t specify any release date, but earlier leaks have suggested it could be out as soon as next month. 

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There are 5 comments

Gearu says:

Another week, another Galaxy phone. Samsung... You're losing my respect.

I'm waiting for Announcement of Samsung Nebula games console personally, but all in all they need to stop abusing the Galaxy name.

return_0 says:

The Galaxy branding doesn't take and never has taken the meaning of high-end phone. It simply states that whatever phone includes Galaxy in its name is an Android phone. So I disagree that Samsung is abusing the Galaxy name.

But I do agree that they, just like HTC, are releasing far too many phones. But at least Samsung can get their act together on carrier universality on their high-end phones.

homunuculus says:

Agreed, I'll just reiterate what return_0 said GALAXY = Android based phones; S series = flagship, hence Galaxy S = Flag ship Android phones

Rinku R says:

Good there are choices to choose and not restricted to one common model for the whole year.....lov the way sammy keeps coming with new exciting ones....Keep the good work going sammy....waiting for S4 eagerly

kelton says:

Who are the likely carriers for this ruggedized phone?
I'm amazed that more people aren't demanding rugged phones. It drives me crazy to be so darn careful with a device that we handle so often.... it is the most prone-to-accidents of almost anything we use, and yet most are built like Faberge' eggs.
I'd pay extra for a phone that could tolerate shallow immersion, drops, and dirt AND has the capability of the higher end phones.
But people don't seem to care.... they seem to be ok with brittle little delicate toys.