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Always stays the same? The reason why the Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 does not have to offer anything new

The Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 does not bring a lot of new stuff to the table, but that is the point.
The Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 does not bring a lot of new stuff to the table, but that is the point.
The Korean manufacturer made only a few minor changes to its ruggedised smartphone. However, the target group for this kind of smartphone would not mind...
Florian Schmitt (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 🇩🇪 🇫🇷 ...

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No one expects a smartphone intended for work to have exciting features. However, the Galaxy XCover 5 could have done with a better camera, because it still has the same single lens on the back that the two-year-old XCover 4s had.

There were some design changes, not all of which we find positive. For instance, the physcial navigation buttons were removed, and the ruggedised smartphone still does not have a fingerprint sensor. People who have to wear gloves at work will find these design choices unfortunate. What is more, the facial recognition technology that the XCover 5 uses has not moved an inch forward.

The screen failed to impress, but it is usable. However, now, at least users get more RAM and more slow eMMC memory. 

But why did Samsung not go much further with its latest XCover smartphone? First of all, Samsung is really conservative with its ruggedised smartphones. Second, most buyers of XCover smartphones are large enterprises that value incremental improvements, because they are not likely to disrupt established workflows, to say nothing of the value of interoperability for big companies. 

Of course, this is not what most individual buyers want. But on a fundamental level, the Galaxy XCover 5 is a good ruggedised smartphone.

If you are interested in the Samsung Galaxy XCover 5, then you should definitely check out our extensive review

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 871 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
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Stanislav Kokhanyuk
Translator: Stanislav Kokhanyuk - Translator - 52 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
I am a big fan of technology, which is why I try to keep up with it. Among my other passions are literature and writing, and so it should not be surprising to anyone at all that I have a four-year bachelor's degree in philology. However, my interests are not limited just to the world of technology, or, for that matter, the world of literature. I am also interested in people and the stories they have to tell. And more recently, I took an interest in artificial intelligence.
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Florian Schmitt, 2021-04-28 (Update: 2021-04-28)