Samsung has taken the wraps off its latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover, a touch-screen device that combines social networking features encased in a waterproof design. The handset will be available in the UK later on this year.
The handset is aimed at ‘active’ users’ and is engineered with materials designed to protect it from wear and tear. It is waterproof to a depth of one metre (max 30 minutes). The Samsung Galaxy Xcover is powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Samsung UK and Ireland MD Simon Stanford said: ‘We’ve designed the Samsung Galaxy Xcover especially for those consumers who need all the functionalities of a smartphone that can stand up to demanding lifestyles. Combining the best of our social features together with a strong, airtight chassis makes this smartphone resistant to dust and water damage without compromising on the design.’
The device comes with Samsung’s Social Hub, allowing users to communicate with whoever they want, however they want, all from one place. Communication history, Instant Messenger status and updates from social networking sites are all brought to a single destination. Connectivity is enabled by HSDPA 7.2/ HSUPA 5.76, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth v3.0+ HS.
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover has been manufactured to be IP67 compliant, meaning that it is airtight to protect it against dirt and water damage. Added resilience is enabled through a reinforced display. The Galaxy Xcover sports a strong anti-scratch screen made from tempered glass which is four to five times tougher than regular glass.
The Galaxy Xcover comes with a three-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash. For added convenience, the flash has been optimised and can be converted to operate as a powerful torch, providing added functionality in situations when you most need it.