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Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro review: Lightweight outdoor smartphone with power

5G even in the rain. The Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro is a water- and dustproof smartphone that has been simply designed without annoying rubber flaps over the jacks. With modern ports and a replaceable battery, it should also be a decent smartphone for everyday use, right?
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro

Outdoor smartphones are supposed to achieve the impossible: They should be compact and lightweight, well protected from shocks and environmental influences, equipped with the latest ports and a lot of processing power, but not too expensive. Perhaps this is why many large smartphone manufacturers do not even bother trying. 

Samsung has been successfully offering robust phones with its XCover series for many years now. The latest model of the series is called Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and we take a closer look at it in this review. The latest XCover smartphone combines time-tested virtues such as a modest design and a replaceable battery with a potentially quite powerful SoC, but it has also become more expensive.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Galaxy XCover Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G 8 x 1.8 - 2.4 GHz, Kryo 670 (Cortex-A78/A55)
Graphics adapter
Memory
6 GB 
Display
6.60 inch 20:9, 2408 x 1080 pixel 400 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, PLS, Gorilla Glass Victus, glossy: yes, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB 
, 115 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD (dedicated, up to 1TB) , 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B17/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B32/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.9 x 168.8 x 79.9 ( = 0.39 x 6.65 x 3.15 in)
Battery
4050 mAh Lithium-Polymer, interchangeable, 15 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, dual LED-flash, Videos @2160p/​30fps (Camera 1); 8.0MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (Camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix f/2.2
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, USB-C cable, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 1.480W/​kg Head, 1.229W/​kg Body , fanless, ruggedized, waterproof
Weight
235 g ( = 8.29 oz / 0.52 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
610 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
81.9 %
08/2022
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
SD 778G 5G, Adreno 642L
235 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2408x1080
78 %
03/2020
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3
218 g64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash6.30"2340x1080
81.6 %
03/2021
Blackview BL6000 Pro
Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4
273 g256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.36"2300x1080
81.1 %
08/2021
Nokia XR20
SD 480, Adreno 619
248 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
79.7 %
08/2022
AGM Glory G1S
SD 480, Adreno 619
315 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.53"2340x1080

Case - Not rubberized, but ribbed

The XCover 6 Pro is quite light and practical for an outdoor phone: At 235 grams, it weighs more than conventional smartphones, but much less than some rugged smartphones with special cameras. It's also quite slim for a shockproof smartphone at under one centimeter. 

The case is made of plastic and does without the rubber coating that is otherwise common in rugged smartphones. Instead, Samsung uses pronounced ribbing to increase grip. This works quite well, but rubber coating still provides more security against phone slips or drops. The display is protected by a slightly protruding frame and Gorilla Glass Victus.

The design is simple and the color a classic black. Only the buttons on the left and upper sides of the case have metallic red accents. The detachable back cover creaks very loudly when twisted. Pressure on the front does not get through to the display.

The XCover 6 Pro is IP68 and MIL-STD-810H certified, meaning it can withstand dust and submersion in water for extended periods of time. Dropping the smartphone from not too great a height should not cause worry, as you are unlikely to incur anything more than a few scratches. However, such accidents are explicitly excluded from the warranty, so you'll have to pay for the repair yourself in more serious cases.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro

Size Comparison

172.8 mm / 6.8 inch 82.8 mm / 3.26 inch 18.4 mm / 0.724 inch 315 g0.694 lbs171.6 mm / 6.76 inch 81.5 mm / 3.21 inch 10.6 mm / 0.4173 inch 248 g0.547 lbs166.7 mm / 6.56 inch 81.3 mm / 3.2 inch 12.8 mm / 0.504 inch 273 g0.602 lbs168.8 mm / 6.65 inch 79.9 mm / 3.15 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 235 g0.518 lbs159.9 mm / 6.3 inch 76.7 mm / 3.02 inch 9.94 mm / 0.3913 inch 218 g0.4806 lbs

Equipment – More storage for Samsung's stable smartphone

The Galaxy XCover 6 Pro comes with 128 GB of mass storage and 6 GB of RAM. This is on par with other current outdoor smartphones; the XCover Pro predecessor had less storage. The RRP was just under US$ 500 for the latter, and now the manufacturer is asking around US$ 599 for this year's model.

Samsung specifies a USB 3.2 Gen1 port. However, thanks to the completely confusing nomenclature of USB technology, it is a port with up to 5 GB/s, which corresponds to the USB 3.0 standard. At least you get much faster wired transfer rates than with USB 2.0.

The smartphone houses two SIM slots.

Bottom: microphone, USB-C port, speakers
Bottom: microphone, USB-C port, speakers
Top: microphone, 3.5mm audio port, assignable button, notification LED
Top: microphone, 3.5mm audio port, assignable button, notification LED
Right: Volume rocker, standby button with fingerprint sensor
Right: Volume rocker, standby button with fingerprint sensor
Right: assignable key
Right: assignable key

microSD Card Reader

Those wanting to use a microSD card for storage expansion can insert cards with up to 1 TB of storage capacity and use a dedicated slot so that the two SIM slots remain usable.

In our tests with the Angelbird AV Pro V60 microSD reference card, the XCover 6 Pro achieves good transfer rates and also proves to be comparatively fast in the CPDT benchmark, especially when writing.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
27.9 MB/s ∼100%
AGM Glory G1S
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
23.5 MB/s ∼84% -16%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Angelbird V60)
22 MB/s ∼79% -21%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø39.3 (27.6-48.9)
Nokia XR20 Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø23 (17.4-38)
AGM Glory G1S Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø35.2 (26.1-46.6)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø68.9 (47.7-76.5)
Nokia XR20 Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø74.4 (32.7-83.3)
AGM Glory G1S Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø79.9 (33.7-94.5)

Software – One UI including Samsung DeX

Samsung pre-installs the Android 12-based OneUI 4.1 on the smartphone, which comes with some third-party apps such as Microsoft Office or Spotify. These are a nuisance, especially on a smartphone in a business environment, but can be uninstalled quickly and easily.

The security updates were from July 2022 and thus quite up-to-date at the time of review. There are no special software adjustments regarding the smartphone's outdoor function, aside from the configuration options for the freely assignable buttons.

The XCover 6 Pro supports Samsung DeX, which allows for the mirroring of screen content via cable or even wirelessly on certain Samsung TVs. A special user interface even enables operation via mouse and keyboard or remote control and expands the application possibilities.

Software Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Software Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Software Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro

Communication & GNSS - Even WiFi 6E is on board

Samsung's Galaxy XCover 6 Pro is able to connect to Wi-Fi networks in the 6 GHz band and comes with WiFi 6E. It achieves solid speeds that leave the predecessor in the dust, but in our test with the Asus ROG AXE11000 reference router, it doesn't quite come close to high-end smartphones in terms of transmission speed.

The smartphone also operates in the 5G network and there are so many frequencies in the LTE range that the XCover can also be used abroad. On the other hand, Samsung's rugged smartphone is not a real world smartphone, as it lacks several of the more exotic bands. 

We measured the reception randomly in our tests and compared it with other smartphones. The Galaxy XCover 6 Pro proves to be quite competitive here, but occasionally shows one reception bar less than high-end phones from Apple or Honor. On the other hand, signal strength was always sufficient during testing, even indoors.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
AGM Glory G1S
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
673 (561min - 695max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (57.7 - 1710, n=118, last 2 years)
651 MBit/s ∼97%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Average of class Smartphone
  (853 - 1768, n=15, last 2 years)
1407 MBit/s ∼100% +49%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
944 (866min - 952max) MBit/s ∼67%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Average of class Smartphone
  (598 - 1751, n=15, last 2 years)
1284 MBit/s ∼100% +41%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
910 (677min - 949max) MBit/s ∼71%
iperf3 transmit AX12
Blackview BL6000 Pro
Mali-G57 MP4, Dimensity 800, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
697 (668min - 704max) MBit/s ∼100%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
630 (561min - 645max) MBit/s ∼90%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1368, n=145, last 2 years)
488 MBit/s ∼70%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
337 (198min - 368max) MBit/s ∼48%
iperf3 receive AX12
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
649 (589min - 673max) MBit/s ∼100%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
Mali-G57 MP4, Dimensity 800, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
633 (434min - 660max) MBit/s ∼98%
Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 - 953, n=146, last 2 years)
461 MBit/s ∼71%
AGM Glory G1S
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
376 (339min - 402max) MBit/s ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
349 (244min - 361max) MBit/s ∼54%
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Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø944 (866-952)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø910 (677-949)
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors
Available satellite networks
Available satellite networks

We took the smartphone outside and put its tracking capabilities to the test. It communicates with all the usual satellite networks, namely GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo, but does not support SBAS for more accurate positioning. We were quickly pinpointed with an accuracy of 3 meters outdoors.

An outdoor smartphone should also have decent positioning capabilities in everyday use, but the XCover 6 Pro is only on an average level here: localization works quite well in wider streets, but the smartphone proves inaccurate in narrow alleys, putting us in buildings. But the deviations are still tolerable, so the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro can be used for navigation if absolute accuracy is not required.

Tracking the Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro – overview
Tracking the Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro – overview
Tracking the Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro – loop
Tracking the Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro – loop
Tracking the Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro – bridge
Tracking the Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro – bridge
Tracking the Garmin Venu 2 – overview
Tracking the Garmin Venu 2 – overview
Tracking the Garmin Venu 2 – loop
Tracking the Garmin Venu 2 – loop
Tracking the Garmin Venu 2 – bridge
Tracking the Garmin Venu 2 – bridge

Telephony & Voice Quality - Not very pleasant

Samsung also installs its own phone app, OneUI, which differs from the Android phone app in several aspects. Of course, Google's Original can also be installed and used if desired.

We don't like the call quality via the earpiece that much: the other party sounds a little muffled, but is still intelligible for the most part. Our voice usually comes through well enough, even when we speak a bit softer, but the other party describes it as very high-pitched.

At maximum volume, the loudspeaker produces a few frequencies that sound unpleasant. The intelligibility of the conversation partner is sufficient, but listening to him/her would prove uncomfortable over longer periods of time. The problem is less pronounced when we reduce the volume. If we speak too softly via the hands-free microphone, the called party can no longer hear us. 

Cameras - Wide angle at the back, narrow field of view at the front

Photo with the front camera
Photo with the front camera

HDR shots are quite decent with the 50-megapixel main camera of the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro. However, colors look a bit dull. The surrounding environment shows a lot of detail, but also appears a little over-sharpened in places. In low light, outlines are missing in dark areas, and the lightening is mediocre. The sensor of the main camera comes from Samsung, is called Isocell JN1, and is being used in many mid-range phones this year.

There is also a 8 MP wide-angle camera. The sensor is from Sony, distorts visibly at the edges, and hardly any far-away details can be seen. Overall, this camera is more suitable for snapshots.

Videos can be recorded with the main camera in 4K resolution at a maximum of 30 fps; light adjustment and autofocus react quickly and accurately. We like the picture quality, colors are reproduced vividly, and the picture does not look too noisy even in slightly weaker light. The ultra-wide-angle camera can record videos in Full HD at most. Switching between the two lenses during recording is also possible, but there is no hybrid zoom.

It is odd that the 13-megapixel camera on the front, also from Sony, offers a quite narrow field of view. So there is less room for other people in the picture, or you have to hold the smartphone further away. The picture quality is decent, but you should not enlarge the photos too much, otherwise they become very grainy.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main camera: flowerMain camera: surroundingsMain camera: low lightWide angle camera


ColorChecker
16.9 ∆E
9 ∆E
12 ∆E
20.9 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
7 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
13 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro: 9.95 ∆E min: 3.4 - max: 20.86 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
53.4 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
61.9 ∆E
52.3 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
41.1 ∆E
29 ∆E
64.2 ∆E
63.5 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.2 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
73.1 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
42 ∆E
79.3 ∆E
69 ∆E
51.5 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro: 45.84 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 79.3 ∆E

Accessories & Warranty - No more charger

Samsung has also made cuts to the XCover series and removed the charger. Only a USB cable is included. A SIM tool is also missing, since the back can be removed to access the SIM slots.

Samsung charges just under US$ 50 for a charger online, but adapters from other manufacturers can often be used without issue. For a smartphone with a replaceable battery, like the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro, it is interesting to see what the replacement batteries cost: there are offers starting at US$ 35 online, although it is surprisingly difficult to find corresponding offers. Samsung itself does not offer batteries on its website either.

Input Devices & Operation – Lots of assignable keys

The touchscreen of the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro is easy to use and sensitive in all areas, even at the edges. You can increase the touchscreen's sensitivity and thus also use it with thin gloves. The device can also be used with wet fingers. We only had problems when there was too much water on the display.

On the left of the casing is the so-called XCover key, a physical button that can be assigned with numerous functions or used to start an app. The smartphone can differentiate between short and long presses if desired. The standby button, which is slightly recessed on the right side of the case, can also be assigned with different functions when pressed twice or for a long time. There is also another freely assignable button at the top of the case.

The fingerprint sensor has been integrated into the standby button, which also unlocks the smartphone from standby. This works almost immediately and reliably when the button is touched with a registered finger. Face recognition can also be used, but this option is not as secure due to the pure software solution.

Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode

Display - Inaccurate color reproduction on 120 Hz screen

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

A Full HD screen is standard for slightly more expensive outdoor phones. For a smartphone that is used a lot outdoors, a brightness higher than 510 cd/m² in maximum is ideal. Nokia's XR20 manages nearly 100 cd/m² more, and Samsung also achieves significantly higher brightness levels with the OLED screens of its normal mid-range smartphones in Boost mode.

The manufacturer provides a 120 Hz screen that ensures smooth scrolling, but the user cannot reduce it to lower frame rates to conserve battery power.

The color representation cannot be used for a professional evaluation of printing colors. Our tests with the spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software reveal a heavy blue cast.

498
cd/m²
512
cd/m²
502
cd/m²
472
cd/m²
510
cd/m²
487
cd/m²
481
cd/m²
507
cd/m²
483
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 512 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 494.7 cd/m² Minimum: 5.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 510 cd/m²
Contrast: 1109:1 (Black: 0.46 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.41 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 10.6 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.518
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
PLS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.30
Blackview BL6000 Pro
IPS, 2300x1080, 6.36
Nokia XR20
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.67
AGM Glory G1S
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.53
Screen
15%
11%
35%
7%
Brightness middle
510
569
12%
583
14%
599
17%
390
-24%
Brightness
495
562
14%
518
5%
598
21%
377
-24%
Brightness Distribution
92
91
-1%
83
-10%
99
8%
91
-1%
Black Level *
0.46
0.42
9%
0.6
-30%
0.33
28%
0.43
7%
Contrast
1109
1355
22%
972
-12%
1815
64%
907
-18%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
7.41
6.14
17%
4.78
35%
4.52
39%
5.13
31%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
13.26
10.92
18%
8.7
34%
7.6
43%
7.96
40%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
10.6
7.9
25%
5.5
48%
4.2
60%
5.7
46%
Gamma
2.518 87%
2.256 98%
2.22 99%
2.279 97%
2.423 91%
CCT
10050 65%
8696 75%
6830 95%
7309 89%
7974 82%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19601 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

We did not notice PWM, even at very low brightness levels. The screen's response times are relatively slow.

CalMAN Graustufen
CalMAN Graustufen
CalMAN Farbgenauigkeit
CalMAN Farbgenauigkeit
CalMAN Farbraum sRGB
CalMAN Farbraum sRGB
CalMAN Farbraum AdobeRGB
CalMAN Farbraum AdobeRGB
CalMAN Farbraum DCI P3
CalMAN Farbraum DCI P3
CalMAN Sättigung
CalMAN Sättigung

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
14 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
31 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 30 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (35.9 ms).

In outdoor use, the performance of the smartphone is average. A brighter screen would have certainly been beneficial for long periods of time outdoors.

When viewing the display from the sides, screen content can still be recognized very well. Only slight brightness differences become visible in large black areas.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - Gaming SoC in an outdoor phone

Manufacturers usually have to cut back on the SoC for outdoor smartphones, since complex case seals and other special features tend to prove too much for the budget. At least Samsung uses an upper mid-range processor for the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G is actually a SoC for gamers, which is also quite obvious in the graphics benchmarks: hardly any of the comparison devices can keep up here, and our review sample also runs much faster than other outdoor smartphones in the processor benchmarks.

There is thus adequate power for most scenarios, even if you run several apps simultaneously. Of course, the SoC cannot keep up with real high-end processors, but it should be more than enough for everyday use.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
  (765 - 791, n=9)
779 Points ∼100% +1%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
773 Points ∼99%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=264, last 2 years)
736 Points ∼94% -5%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
504 Points ∼65% -35%
AGM Glory G1S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 8192
503 Points ∼65% -35%
Multi-Core
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
  (2785 - 3000, n=9)
2865 Points ∼100% +2%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
2802 Points ∼98%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 5538, n=264, last 2 years)
2370 Points ∼83% -15%
AGM Glory G1S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 8192
1696 Points ∼59% -39%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1662 Points ∼58% -41%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (111952 - 1119358, n=158, last 2 years)
579836 Points ∼100% +15%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
505982 Points ∼87%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
  (438254 - 520706, n=9)
498882 Points ∼86% -1%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
322933 Points ∼56% -36%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
12113 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
  (9330 - 13296, n=8)
11676 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=213, last 2 years)
10352 Points ∼85% -15%
AGM Glory G1S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 8192
9058 Points ∼75% -25%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
7090 Points ∼59% -41%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 8753, n=178, last 2 years)
4612 Points ∼100% +13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
  (4079 - 5002, n=9)
4579 Points ∼99% +12%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
4079 Points ∼88%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3265 Points ∼71% -20%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2057 Points ∼45% -50%
System
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
  (8751 - 10816, n=9)
9629 Points ∼100% +9%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
8858 Points ∼92%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2083 - 19657, n=178, last 2 years)
8151 Points ∼85% -8%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
6296 Points ∼65% -29%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
4029 Points ∼42% -55%
Memory
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 11617, n=178, last 2 years)
5192 Points ∼100% +30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
  (3956 - 6372, n=9)
5012 Points ∼97% +26%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
3988 Points ∼77%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3847 Points ∼74% -4%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1717 Points ∼33% -57%
Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 26660, n=178, last 2 years)
8874 Points ∼100% +35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
  (6594 - 6783, n=9)
6697 Points ∼75% +2%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
6594 Points ∼74%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3765 Points ∼42% -43%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2150 Points ∼24% -67%
Web
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2392, n=178, last 2 years)
1406 Points ∼100% +18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
  (1184 - 1534, n=9)
1367 Points ∼97% +15%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1247 Points ∼89% +5%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1202 Points ∼85% +1%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
1188 Points ∼84%
AImark - Score v2.x
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
139494 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
  (136987 - 140376, n=6)
138766 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1043 - 286905, n=155, last 2 years)
52108 Points ∼37% -63%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4716 Points ∼3% -97%
3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
684 Points ∼100%
AGM Glory G1S
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
291 Points ∼43% -57%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
287 Points ∼42% -58%
Wild Life Extreme
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
686 Points ∼100%
AGM Glory G1S
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
295 Points ∼43% -57%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
294 Points ∼43% -57%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2472 Points ∼100%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
Mali-G57 MP4, Dimensity 800, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1641 Points ∼66% -34%
AGM Glory G1S
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
979 Points ∼40% -60%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
977 Points ∼40% -60%
Wild Life Score
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2464 Points ∼100%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
Mali-G57 MP4, Dimensity 800, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1679 Points ∼68% -32%
AGM Glory G1S
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
981 Points ∼40% -60%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
980 Points ∼40% -60%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
108 fps ∼100%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
59 fps ∼55% -45%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
37 fps ∼34% -66%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
132 fps ∼100%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
81 fps ∼61% -39%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
40 fps ∼30% -70%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
68 fps ∼100%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
37 fps ∼54% -46%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
22 fps ∼32% -68%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
77 fps ∼100%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
41 fps ∼53% -47%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
20 fps ∼26% -74%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
48 fps ∼100%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
26 fps ∼54% -46%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
14 fps ∼29% -71%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
56 fps ∼100%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
29 fps ∼52% -48%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
16 fps ∼29% -71%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
28 fps ∼100%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
14 fps ∼50% -50%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
9.2 fps ∼33% -67%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
33 fps ∼100%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
16 fps ∼48% -52%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
10 fps ∼30% -70%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps ∼100%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
Mali-G57 MP4, Dimensity 800, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
13 fps ∼68% -32%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
10 fps ∼53% -47%
AGM Glory G1S
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
10 fps ∼53% -47%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
5.6 fps ∼29% -71%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
13 fps ∼100%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
Mali-G57 MP4, Dimensity 800, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
8.2 fps ∼63% -37%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
6.5 fps ∼50% -50%
AGM Glory G1S
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
6.5 fps ∼50% -50%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
3.5 fps ∼27% -73%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps ∼100%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
Mali-G57 MP4, Dimensity 800, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
21 fps ∼70% -30%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
16 fps ∼53% -47%
AGM Glory G1S
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
16 fps ∼53% -47%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
9.4 fps ∼31% -69%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34 fps ∼100%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
Mali-G57 MP4, Dimensity 800, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
22 fps ∼65% -35%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
18 fps ∼53% -47%
AGM Glory G1S
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
18 fps ∼53% -47%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
10 fps ∼29% -71%

Our review sample performs well when surfing: Pages load quickly and images load while scrolling. Overall it feels good to surf the web on your phone, even though high-end phones still offer a slightly smoother experience.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (58.8 - 86.8, n=9)
75.5 Points ∼100% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (14.8 - 282, n=176, last 2 years)
73.4 Points ∼97% +1%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chrome 104)
72.887 Points ∼97%
Nokia XR20 (Chrome 92)
46.44 Points ∼62% -36%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro (Chrome 80)
27.67 Points ∼37% -62%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Smartphone (12.5 - 375, n=163, last 2 years)
70.3 runs/min ∼100% +31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (52.5 - 61.5, n=7)
56.4 runs/min ∼80% +5%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chome 104)
53.8 runs/min ∼77%
Nokia XR20 (Chome 92)
37.62 runs/min ∼54% -30%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro (Chome 80)
29 runs/min ∼41% -46%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (93 - 131, n=9)
106.3 Points ∼100% +2%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chrome 104)
104 Points ∼98%
Average of class Smartphone (27 - 292, n=176, last 2 years)
101.9 Points ∼96% -2%
Nokia XR20 (Chrome 92)
69 Points ∼65% -34%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro (Chrome 80)
46 Points ∼43% -56%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (23915 - 31915, n=9)
27712 Points ∼100% +9%
Average of class Smartphone (3905 - 74261, n=195, last 2 years)
26805 Points ∼97% +5%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chrome 104)
25445 Points ∼92%
Nokia XR20 (Chrome 92)
17816 Points ∼64% -30%
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro (Chrome 80)
7442 Points ∼27% -71%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro (Chrome 80)
6212 ms * ∼100% -264%
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 12437, n=185, last 2 years)
2591 ms * ∼42% -52%
Nokia XR20 (Chrome 92)
2383 ms * ∼38% -39%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chrome 104)
1708.8 ms * ∼28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (1323 - 1893, n=9)
1590 ms * ∼26% +7%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung has upgraded the storage: The Galaxy XCover 6 Pro not only has more mass storage, but it is also much faster than its Galaxy XCover Pro predecessor. Many other outdoor phones are unable to keep up. The difference is mainly noticeable in the shorter loading times and faster data processing in everyday use.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 ProSamsung Galaxy XCover ProBlackview BL6000 ProNokia XR20AGM Glory G1SAverage 128 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-48%
-14%
-19%
-19%
-7%
8%
Sequential Read 256KB
841.6
508
-40%
873
4%
485
-42%
497.9
-41%
706 ?(303 - 999, n=36)
-16%
990 ?(45.6 - 1999, n=255, last 2 years)
18%
Sequential Write 256KB
484.7
181.1
-63%
198.5
-59%
452
-7%
484.1
0%
492 ?(105.3 - 884, n=36)
2%
563 ?(11.9 - 1776, n=255, last 2 years)
16%
Random Read 4KB
170.6
108.6
-36%
190.2
11%
174.8
2%
168
-2%
175 ?(89.3 - 253, n=36)
3%
182.7 ?(13.5 - 543, n=255, last 2 years)
7%
Random Write 4KB
204.2
100.5
-51%
181.9
-11%
146.2
-28%
141
-31%
173.2 ?(113.8 - 258, n=36)
-15%
184.1 ?(18.4 - 503, n=256, last 2 years)
-10%

Gaming – Fast gaming possible

The gaming SoC makes a good impression in games. For example, it is able to fully utilize the screen's frame rate in Armajet and manages well over 110 fps. In PUBG Mobile, 60 fps is still possible at low settings, otherwise it runs well at 40 fps. We tested the frame rates using the GameBench tool.

The controls via the position sensor and touchscreen also work smoothly.

Armajet
Armajet
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
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Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro; Armajet; 1.61.6: Ø117.2 (105-121)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 2.1.0: Ø59.6 (57-61)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro; PUBG Mobile; HD; 2.1.0: Ø39.8 (39-41)

Emissions – Lasting performance assured

Temperature

The Galaxy XCover 6 Pro does not become excessively warm even under heavy and long loads at room temperature: We measured a maximum of 41.9 °C on the front in the area of the selfie camera. However, temperatures may rise even further in hot environments.

This did not cause problems for the SoC in our test. The smartphone still has the same power even after many runs of 3DMark Wild Life.

Max. Load
 41.4 °C
107 F
34.3 °C
94 F
30.3 °C
87 F
 
 41.9 °C
107 F
35.6 °C
96 F
30.6 °C
87 F
 
 39.9 °C
104 F
36.7 °C
98 F
30.3 °C
87 F
 
Maximum: 41.9 °C = 107 F
Average: 35.7 °C = 96 F
31.2 °C
88 F
33.9 °C
93 F
37.9 °C
100 F
32.4 °C
90 F
33.7 °C
93 F
38.1 °C
101 F
31.7 °C
89 F
34.6 °C
94 F
38.5 °C
101 F
Maximum: 38.5 °C = 101 F
Average: 34.7 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.6 °C = 109 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.7 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.9 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.5 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.6 % ∼100% +1%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99 % ∼99%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
Mali-G57 MP4, Dimensity 800, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
98.5 % ∼99% -1%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.6 % ∼100%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.1 % ∼99% -1%
01234567891011121314Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø4.1 (4.1-4.11)
Nokia XR20 Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.4.2: Ø1.752 (1.747-1.763)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø14.6 (14.6-14.7)
Nokia XR20 Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø5.87 (5.86-5.89)

Speakers

The mono speaker is located on the smartphone's bottom edge, which can get quite loud, but booms unpleasantly in the high range. If you lower the volume a little, this effect disappears and the sound is OK. The speaker is thus sufficient for occasional music listening or videos.

The sound only really gets good when using headphones or speakers that can be connected via Bluetooth or the 3.5 mm jack. However, only aptX is available for wireless connection, not the more modern variants. In return, you get Samsung's own Scalable Codec, AAC, SBC and LDAC. Hi-Res audio codecs are therefore also available, but the variety is limited and you should check whether your wireless headphones are compatible.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2040.441.22540.538.13127.328.64031.832.65040.634.26325.224.78021.320.910018.923.612516.835.816020.243.5200164725018.252.93151458.74001364.250017.268.563017.970.680019.571.9100019.575.1125022.277160021.177.3200025.976.6250019.976.7315015.177.9400014.766.350001553.5630014.859.2800013.8711000014.969.71250014.758.61600015.450.4SPL31.731.786.2N1.31.363.3median 16.8median 66.3Delta2.39.940.442.540.540.727.332.831.832.340.635.125.228.521.329.718.933.616.836.320.2401642.718.248.814531358.917.263.917.970.519.575.219.574.522.278.721.175.325.97219.969.215.170.914.770.71575.914.875.713.870.914.964.514.75915.466.931.731.785.61.31.363.4median 16.8median 69.22.310hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy XCover 6 ProAGM Glory G1S
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.9% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (12.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 52% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 71% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

AGM Glory G1S audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 27% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 63% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 52% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery Life - The replaceable battery does the trick

Power Consumption

In terms of power consumption, the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro is on an average level. The smartphone is slightly more power hungry under full load than in its predecessor, for example, but there is also more computing power available.

Unfortunately, the smartphone can only be charged with a maximum of 15 watts. A charger is not included, but our USB chargers all worked with the smartphone without problems. Due to the rather small battery, it took a maximum of just under 2 hours until the smartphone reached 100% capacity.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.9 / 1.4 / 1.8 Watt
Load midlight 4.7 / 8.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
4050 mAh
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
4050 mAh
Nokia XR20
4630 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-11%
27%
-3%
2%
Idle Minimum *
0.9
0.9
-0%
0.7
22%
0.949 ?(0.78 - 1.2, n=8)
-5%
0.887 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=193, last 2 years)
1%
Idle Average *
1.4
1.8
-29%
1.1
21%
1.825 ?(1.3 - 2.98, n=8)
-30%
1.568 ?(0.65 - 3.6, n=193, last 2 years)
-12%
Idle Maximum *
1.8
2.3
-28%
1.6
11%
2.02 ?(1.6 - 3.11, n=8)
-12%
1.781 ?(0.69 - 3.7, n=193, last 2 years)
1%
Load Average *
4.7
5.4
-15%
2.7
43%
3.83 ?(3.23 - 4.7, n=8)
19%
4.35 ?(2.1 - 7.74, n=193, last 2 years)
7%
Load Maximum *
8.1
6.9
15%
4.9
40%
7.23 ?(6.6 - 8.1, n=8)
11%
7.14 ?(3.56 - 11.7, n=193, last 2 years)
12%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro: Ø5.72 (2.8-9.91)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø5.65 (5.06-7.73)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.385 (1.097-2.05)

Battery Life

With a battery capacity of 4,050 mAh, nothing has changed compared to the predecessor. However, one important feature has been retained: The battery can be replaced quickly and easily, so you can maintain runtimes with replacement batteries.

The Galaxy XCover 6 Pro lasts a little longer than the two-year-old XCover Pro, but the runtimes are quite similar in everyday use, as the differences are only minor. Other outdoor phones have much more stamina, but often do not have a replaceable battery, so you should consider which solution better suits your needs before purchasing.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
22h 01min
WiFi Websurfing
12h 48min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
14h 16min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 26min
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
4050 mAh
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
4050 mAh
Blackview BL6000 Pro
5280 mAh
Nokia XR20
4630 mAh
AGM Glory G1S
5500 mAh
Battery Runtime
-4%
10%
19%
24%
Reader / Idle
1321
1259
-5%
1786
35%
H.264
856
802
-6%
895
5%
WiFi v1.3
768
731
-5%
846
10%
927
21%
952
24%
Load
266
268
1%
301
13%

Pros

+ high performance
+ water and dust protection
+ replaceable battery
+ no throttling under load
+ light case
+ 120 fps gaming possible
+ fast Wi-Fi

Cons

- moderate voice quality
- no charger included
- slow loading
- loud creaking under torsion
- screen brightness could be higher
- inaccurate color representation and bluish cast

Verdict: A special phone, even for ordinary days

In review: Samsung XCover 6 Pro. Sample device provided by:
In review: Samsung XCover 6 Pro. Sample device provided by:
cyberport.de

The Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro is a plainly designed outdoor phone that does not stand out in meetings or on the desk. In addition, the sturdy case is quite light despite IP certification and possesses a detachable back cover that provides access to the SIM slots and, of course, the replaceable battery.

This is probably one of the biggest arguments for the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro, especially since the runtimes are not bad. Also praiseworthy is the high system performance that even allows for 120 Hz gaming - unusual for an outdoor smartphone. Lastly, there is also the fast Wi-Fi and solid positioning accuracy.

The screen, which could be brighter and should be able to render colors more accurately, is not always convincing. The case also creaks very loudly when subject to torsional stress, and the charging power is low with a maximum of 15 watts. The mediocre voice quality is also annoying.

Samsung introduces a great update for its rugged smartphone: The XCover 6 Pro scores with strong performance and a replaceable battery.

The Nokia XR20 is also inconspicuous, sleek and rugged, although it delivers considerably less performance. For special tasks such as thermal imaging, there are also specialists among the outdoor smartphones such as the AGM Glory G1S, which can even take night shots.

Price and Availability

Avaibility of the Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro around the globe appears to be sporadic. The smartphone appears to be widely availble in various configurations across Europe, such as France, Spain, Italy via Amazon. In the US, only the 64 GB variant appears to be available on Amazon for US$ 399.99. Amazon UK offers both the 64 GB and 128 GB variants for £450.60 and £605.80, respectively. 

Buyers are thus advised to check regularly via Amazon or other relevant suppliers for availability.

Prices are as of 21.08.2022 and subject to change.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro - 08/18/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
69 / 75 → 92%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
49 / 70 → 70%
Weight
87%
Battery
89%
Display
82%
Games Performance
50 / 64 → 78%
Application Performance
75 / 86 → 87%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
64 / 90 → 71%
Camera
57%
Average
76%
82%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-08-22 (Update: 2022-08-22)