Samsung updates its tough Xcover-mobile. More performance, bigger screen, 4 g and the NFC is now to find behind the robust chassis.
You require more than ordinary durability of your mobile is Samsung third member in Xcover family worth examining.
Xcover series’ core competence as Hardy cell is again present. An IP 67 rating means that Xcover 3 is dust and waterproof, but third-generation Xcover meetings now also the military standard MIL-STD 810 g. The biggest improvements over its predecessor, however, you will encounter in the engine room.
Where Xcover 2 was notable with its robust, watertight external successor, Xcover is 3, more keen also to offer a good experience as smartphone.
The first part of the upgrade is revealed by the screen, which grows from small 4 inch to 4.5 inch. Resolution is still 800 x 480 pixels, which is insufficient to crisp text with 207 PPI.
On the other hand, most of the improvements are in the engine compartment where the aging dual-core, replaced by a quad-core processor. RAM is lifted up from 1 GB to 1, 5 GB while the storage space doubled from 4 to 8 GB, which still can be expanded via Micro-SD.
The software also gets a thorough overhaul from aged Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for Android 4.4 KitKat, a software which Samsung promises to update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. With the new Android in your luggage will also feature Samsung as ultra power saving mode that ensures a days of standby time, even when the battery is down to 10%.
Eventually incorporated a 4 g antenna, an NFC chip and a 30 percent larger battery, which should ensure that you will rarely stand with no connection to the outside world in the field.
Xcover 3 lands in stores in april to indicative 1895.0-crowns.
Specifications Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
Goal: 132.9 x 70.1 x 10.0 mm thin, 154 grams
Display: WVGA, 800 x 480 pixels, 4.5 “207 PPI
Performance: 1.2 GHz quad-core, 1 GB RAM ½
Storage: 8 GB storage + micro-SD
Camera: 5MP, HD-video, 2MP front
Battery: 2,200 mAh
Operating system: Android 4.4 KitKat, planned upgrade to 5.0 Lollipop
Moreover: IP67 and MIL-STD 810 g certified
Price: 1,895.0 €