In a perfect world, all smartphones would work on any carrier, have batteries that last for days, and be practically indestructible. For now, though, we often have to decide on just a couple features that are most important to us, and use that to narrow-down the field of choices. When it comes to ruggedized smartphones that can stand up to a bit of abuse both from their users and the environment your options are pretty limited. Soon you’ll have at least one new model to choose from, as Samsung’s announced its rugged Galaxy Xcover.
The smartphone’s resistance to environmental factors is rated at IP67, meaning it’s fully-sealed against dirt and dust, and can survive at least a 30 minute bath under one meter of water. The 3.65-inch display is covered with tempered glass, offering scratch resistance.
Samsung has only provided limited hardware information so far. We know the Xcover will have a 3.2-megapixel camera, and support HSDPA, but neither tidbit tells us much about the phone. Since Samsung’s calling it a Galaxy, we could guess that the Xcover would have a ~1GHz processor with 512MB RAM, but that hasn’t been confirmed. The smartphone will run Gingerbread when it arrives in October; there’s no word yet on just how much it will cost or exactly where it will be available, but we know it’s coming to Germany, so finding it elsewhere in Europe should be likely.