[Update: US pricing/availability] Samsung quietly launches the Galaxy XCover Pro w/ detachable battery, rugged design

Rugged smartphones are few and much between, which is why the very quiet announcement of the Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro is one which may have a few of you on the market very .

The machine has clearly been designed with sturdiness in thoughts and even comes with a MIL-STD-810 certification. That means it ought to have the ability to stand up to its fair proportion of abuse — in contrast to many different Samsung smartphones. With zero fanfare, the machine has been confirmed in Finland (through WinFuture.de), which is coincidentally the house of the unique rugged smartphone agency — Nokia.

[Update 01/13]: We now have some US pricing and availability info after Samsung officially announced that the Galaxy XCover Pro is coming due to a partnership with Microsoft and Verizon.

Building on the prevailing partnership between Microsoft and Samsung to ship unified experiences throughout cell units, Microsoft is the primary associate to leverage the XCover Pro’s push-to-talk characteristic, by way of an integration for the machine with Microsoft Teams that gives direct entry to Teams’ new Walkie Talkie functionality from a programmable key on the aspect of the machine.

Samsung confirmed that Microsoft is the primary associate to make the most of the XCover Pro’s “push-to-talk” characteristic — which works sort of like a walkie talkie. It will likely be a part of the highly effective Microsoft Teams suite, as this features a new Walkie Talkie characteristic for the collaborative work device.

As for US launch, the Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro will likely be obtainable to buy within the U.S. market in some unspecified time in the future within the first half of 2020 for $499.99.

Inside, the Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro will include an octa-core Exynos 9611 chipset, Four GB of RAM, and 64 GB of inner storage — which is expandable through microSD card. It’s a big machine, too, with a 6.3-inch LCD show full with a punch gap notch and 20:9 facet ratio.

There can also be room for a detachable 4,050 mAh battery that additionally helps 15W quick charging. That is fairly spectacular, provided that the Xcover Pro additionally boasts an IP68 water and dirt resistance score. At the rear, you’ll discover a twin rear digicam setup that consists of a 25-megapixel vast and 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. As for the selfie digicam, the show notch performs host to a 13-megapixel sensor. At the aspect, the facility button additionally doubles as a capacitive fingerprint scanner.

One sore level of the machine is that it’s going to include Android Pie pre-installed, though we’d be stunned if the Android 10 replace was not forthcoming. That could be a dealbreaker for a few of you on the market, however with only a few strong rugged smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro seems to be like a good choice not less than on paper.

As for availability, we’re undecided if or after we’ll see the XCover Pro exterior of Finland, however WinFuture.de notes that it’s going to retail for €499 and is anticipated to increase into different European markets all through February.

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