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Samsung Galaxy XCover7 Smartphone Review – An economical rugged phone with a removable battery

Tuned down. The Galaxy XCover 7 is more affordable but also has lower-end specifications than the last XCover. It has the basics: a protected chassis, a removable battery and 5G. But users have to make do with less performance. Can this be a good thing? Or may Samsung have cut the wrong corners on this phone?

Samsung's Galaxy XCover series is directed at users who enjoy being outdoors and who need a phone that won't immediately show scratches or get water damage after a little rough handling. This also makes it an interesting choice for businesses whose employees work in locations that are somewhat less protected than the standard office environment.

The Galaxy XCover 7 has returned to a more affordable price point after the fairly expensive 2022 XCover 6 Pro. In the meantime, however, the price of the previous model has also fallen considerably and the XCover 7 is significantly weaker in some areas. In this review, we will take a close look at how the new outdoor phone performs and whether it is worth the money. 

Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 (Galaxy XCover Series)
Processor
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ 8 x 2 - 2.2 GHz, Cortex-A76 / 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, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 106 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD (dedicated, up to 1TB) , NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration, gyroscope, proximity, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B13/​B17/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B32/​B38/​B40/​B41/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n26/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n66/​n71/​n77/​n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.2 x 169 x 80.1 ( = 0.4 x 6.65 x 3.15 in)
Battery
4050 mAh Lithium-Ion, 15 Watt charging
Operating System
Android 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, dual LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/​2.0
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, USB cable, 24 Months Warranty, SAR:1.079W/​kg Head, 1.103W/​kg Body; IP68-certified, MIL-STD-810H-certified; eSIM support, fanless, ruggedized, waterproof
Weight
240 g ( = 8.47 oz / 0.53 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
359 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
79.1 %
03/2024
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2
240 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.60"2408x1080
81.9 %
08/2022
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
SD 778G 5G, Adreno 642L
235 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2408x1080
82.3 %
06/2023
Nokia XR21
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
231 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.49"2400x1080
79.7 %
05/2023
CAT S75
Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256
268 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.58"2408x1080
78.1 %
04/2023
Gigaset GX4
Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2
270 g64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.10"1560x720

Case – a removeable back cover

The XCover 7 is a very well-protected smartphone. Its main camera and screen are sunk in to protect them from scratches. The screen is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ – this is a special variant of the Victus glass that was developed for Samsung. It doesn't quite reach the stability of the most recent Victus 2 but was also used in the Galaxy S22 and should provide decent protection.  

Samsung has certified its smartphone to IP68 and MIL-STD-810H standards to confirm it is protected from dust and can handle immersion in freshwater, provided it is not too deep, without damage. The phone should also easily survive being dropped from chest height and can regularly be cleaned with disinfectant.

The device has more or less the same dimensions as the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and is only 10.2 mm thick, making it a fairly slim outdoor phone. At 240g, the phone is easy to hold without it becoming tiring.  

The screen shows ripples when pressure is applied to the screen and the phone can be warped slightly by hand, causing the back cover to creak audibly. The device is fairly robust overall, though Samsung could have made it even more trustworthy with a little more care.

The device is only available in black, with the orange accents on the large XCover key and framing the main camera giving the device a more relaxed look. The back cover is embellished with diagonal grooves in four slightly raised blocks. This looks good and makes the phone easier to grip. There is no rubber coating, however.

Size Comparison

171 mm / 6.73 inch 80 mm / 3.15 inch 11.9 mm / 0.4685 inch 268 g0.591 lbs169 mm / 6.65 inch 80.1 mm / 3.15 inch 10.2 mm / 0.4016 inch 240 g0.529 lbs168.8 mm / 6.65 inch 79.9 mm / 3.15 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 235 g0.518 lbs168 mm / 6.61 inch 78.58 mm / 3.09 inch 10.45 mm / 0.4114 inch 231 g0.509 lbs160.9 mm / 6.33 inch 80 mm / 3.15 inch 12.2 mm / 0.4803 inch 270 g0.595 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Connectivity – plenty of storage space

At first glance, the storage specifications of the Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 look great: 128 GB of storage space and 6 GB RAM are considerable given its relatively affordable pricing. This first impression is slightly tainted by the fact that the phone only uses slow UFS 2.1 technology for data storage. The competition is equipped with more modern and thus faster technology.

The USB-C port offers USB 2.0 speeds and can therefore only process data transfers at standard speed. NFC is available for wireless payments and reading tags.

The fact that there is both a normal Galaxy XCover 7 and an "Enterprise Edition" on the market often causes confusion. The two are exactly the same in terms of features, but the Enterprise Edition has a warranty of up to 3 years and provides software support for managing and updating many devices centrally. The additional 12-month warranty is a nice bonus, but apart from that the "Enterprise Edition" offers no advantages to end users.

The phone only has a single SIM slot below its removable back cover, but users can easily set up an eSIM on the phone, thus making the device suitable for dual-SIM operation.

Top: 3.5mm audio jack, microphone
Top: 3.5mm audio jack, microphone
Bottom: microphone, docking port, USB-C port, speaker
Bottom: microphone, docking port, USB-C port, speaker
Right: standby key, volume control
Right: standby key, volume control
Left: go-to key
Left: go-to key

microSD card reader

The microSD card reader is accessible by removing the back cover and is not connected to the SIM slot. The phone can read cards with up to 1 TB of storage capacity.

The reader performed well in our trial with our Angelbird V60 reference card, achieving read rates of around 33.5 MByte/s and reaching a similar level to its comparison devices in the CPDT benchmark.   

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Angelbird V60)
33.5 MB/s
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
27.9 MB/s -17%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
19.3 MB/s -42%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
15.1 MB/s -55%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø39.8 (30.7-47.5)
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)
CAT S75 IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø36.6 (23.7-44.1)
Gigaset GX4 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø29.5 (4.06-44.7)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø70.4 (34.2-81.8)
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)
CAT S75 IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø76.9 (53.3-85.6)
Gigaset GX4 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø73.8 (35.3-83.8)

Software – the XCover7 will stay up-to-date for a while

The Galaxy XCover phone currently runs on Android 14 and has the manufacturer's own OneUI 6.0 interface. This changes the look and operation of Android significantly. The manufacturer has paid close attention to positioning the most important controls in the lower area of the screen, making them easy to access when holding the phone in one hand. 

Several third-party apps have been pre-installed but can be removed fairly easily. This is not the case for Samsung's proprietary apps, which cannot always be removed despite partly covering the same functions as the Google apps, which are also pre-installed. 

The security patches on our device are from March 2024 and are therefore fully up-to-date at the time of testing. Samsung promises to provide security updates for five years, up to 2029, and four new operating system generations, going all the way to Android 18. 

Communication and GNSS – 5G included

The XCover7 is a 5G smartphone. The phone covers a wide range of frequencies both in the LTE and the 5G network, which means it can be used to access mobile internet in many countries. Its signal strength could be better: the Samsung smartphone lags behind many high-end phones despite its plastic back.

Of course, the device also works on Wi-Fi. It supports the WiFi 5 standard and can achieve transfer rates of around 300-340 MBit/s. This is similar to most outdoor phones but quite a bit slower than the XCover 6 Pro, which came close to fully utilizing Gigabit connections. 

With the XCover7, you will have to wait a moment for large websites to load – even when standing close to the router. Images take particularly long to appear while scrolling. Reception drops to 3/4 at a distance of 10 meters and through 3 walls, with websites only taking a little longer to load. 

Networking
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
iperf3 receive AXE11000
325 (min: 301) MBit/s ∼50%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
335 (min: 319) MBit/s ∼48%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
944 (min: 866) MBit/s ∼61%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
910 (min: 677) MBit/s ∼67%
Nokia XR21
iperf3 receive AXE11000
346 (min: 320) MBit/s ∼53%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
360 (min: 326) MBit/s ∼52%
CAT S75
iperf3 receive AXE11000
345 (min: 331) MBit/s ∼53%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
372 (min: 353) MBit/s ∼54%
Gigaset GX4
iperf3 receive AXE11000
364 (min: 348) MBit/s ∼56%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
373 (min: 189) MBit/s ∼54%
Average of class Smartphone
iperf3 receive AXE11000
655 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
692 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1536 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1364 (min: 598) MBit/s ∼100%
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Samsung Galaxy XCover 7; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø325 (301-339)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø335 (319-348)
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors
Available satellite networks
Available satellite networks

The phone supports all major satellite networks for localization and also uses SBAS to further increase location accuracy. This means the phone can locate its position outdoors within mere seconds and with an accuracy of 1 meter.

We tested the phone's location accuracy in practice by taking it on a bike ride along with the Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch.

The result: The XCover 7 positioned us precisely on our path. There were minimal deviations from time to time, but these were rare. We can thus confirm the rugged phone's very good (albeit not perfect) location accuracy. 

This makes it suitable for navigating in situations that require high precision.

Localization Samsung Galaxy XCover7 – overview
Localization Samsung Galaxy XCover7 – overview
Localization Samsung Galaxy XCover7 – turn
Localization Samsung Galaxy XCover7 – turn
Localization Samsung Galaxy XCover7 – bridge
Localization Samsung Galaxy XCover7 – bridge
Localization Garmin Venu 2 – overview
Localization Garmin Venu 2 – overview
Localization Garmin Venu 2 – turn
Localization Garmin Venu 2 – turn
Localization Garmin Venu 2 – bridge
Localization Garmin Venu 2 – bridge

Call functions and voice quality – better speak up

Samsung uses its own telephone app that places more focus on the keypad than Google's standard app. Recent calls and contacts can be accessed through tabs. You can easily also block individual phone numbers or hidden callers within the app. 

The voice quality is fairly decent through the earpiece and integrated microphone, both for the user and the person at the other end. However, it is important to speak loudly and clearly, or else the microphone won't register your voice.

On speakerphone, the other party sounds very loud yet also unpleasantly treble-heavy at maximum volume. This can be avoided by turning down the volume where possible. The speaker also adds reverberation that is not audible when talking through the earpiece. The hands-free microphone only registers our voice when we speak loudly enough.

Both microphones have medium capability for suppressing loud background noise. Still, the other party was able to understand us fairly well even in loud surroundings.

Cameras – decent images

Picture taken with front camera
Picture taken with front camera

The back of the phone is home to a single 50-megapixel camera that usually uses pixel binning to combine four pixels in order to capture more light. This reduces image resolution to 12.5 megapixels, which should suffice for most needs – except for printing large posters, perhaps. 

The image quality is average. The photos feature some details, but the results of high-end smartphones are more precise and well-lit in comparison. The landscape image shows plenty of details in the sky while the comparison camera's higher quality shows in the wall and structures. Still, the Galaxy XCover 7 takes good-quality pictures for its price range.

In low light and with high contrasts, very bright areas soon appear over-exposed while dark areas lack details. In general, though, the exposure is satisfactory while image sharpness is more mediocre.

Videos can be recorded at a maximum of FullHD and 30 fps. Image quality is good, autofocus and brightness adjustment work reliably and quickly in the background.

The front camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels. It takes somewhat blurred selfies when it comes to details but is still useful in good light.

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.

Hauptkamera PflanzeHauptkamera UmgebungHauptkamera Low Light

We took the main camera through its paces in our lab, where we photographed our test chart in full studio lighting and at 1 lux. Contrasts could be higher in good lighting, but the image sharpness hardly drops towards the edges. In low lighting, you can still roughly make out the image but the camera can no longer show details.

ColorChecker
4.2 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
1.5 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
2.4 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
6 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy XCover 7: 5.18 ∆E min: 1.47 - max: 10.39 ∆E
ColorChecker
30.2 ∆E
54 ∆E
39 ∆E
34.1 ∆E
44.4 ∆E
59.5 ∆E
52.4 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
43.8 ∆E
28.5 ∆E
63.1 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
46.3 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
73.5 ∆E
43.7 ∆E
40 ∆E
82.5 ∆E
68.7 ∆E
51 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
14 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy XCover 7: 45.63 ∆E min: 13.99 - max: 82.51 ∆E

Accessories & Warranty – charger not included

Samsung appears stingy when it comes to accessories: it has chosen not to include a charger and instead only provides a single USB cable. The removable back cover makes SIM tools superfluous.

Users who need a charger can purchase one for €10 from the Samsung Amazon store. For companies, third-party providers now offer charging stations for up to 10 or more devices. A suitable replacement battery is available online for around €30-40.

The Galaxy XCover 7 generally comes with a 24-month warranty. The Enterprise Edition covers 36 months.  

Input Devices & Operation – no fingerprint reader

The touchscreen is scanned for touch inputs 120 times per second. That's less often than on most current smartphones but still enough to ensure smooth and reliable operation. The touchscreen is just as reactive in the corners and along the edges and we can confirm that the phone can also be operated while wearing thick gloves. 

The physical volume and standby keys are positioned on the right side of the device. They are also easy to use while wearing gloves and have a clear actuation point. On the left, users will find the large XCover key, which can be set up to trigger specific actions after a single, long, or double click.

We feel that this key could do with more actuation force as we often pressed it by mistake when picking up the phone. In our case, this turned on the flashlight on the back of the device.

The XCover7 does not include a fingerprint reader. Instead, it allows biometric unlocking through face recognition using the front camera. This is limited to 2D, however, and doesn't use an additional infrared depth sensor, makes the method less secure. Still, the function worked well when tested. 

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

Display – 60-Hz screen without PWM

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The 6.6-inch PLS screen with an expanded Full-HD resolution is the centerpiece of the Galaxy XCover7. The panel, however, only has 60 Hz. Users looking for the smoother feel of a 90 or 120-Hz display will have to look elsewhere.

Our tests using a spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software confirm Samsung's claims of 600-nit brightness. The phone is slightly brighter than that of many competitors and can also be used in bright environments. 

The black value is relatively high, reducing contrast and the intensity of colors displayed.

534
cd/m²
586
cd/m²
553
cd/m²
542
cd/m²
600
cd/m²
555
cd/m²
544
cd/m²
571
cd/m²
563
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 600 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 560.9 cd/m² Minimum: 2.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 600 cd/m²
Contrast: 1053:1 (Black: 0.57 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.07 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 5.7 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
99.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.249
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
PLS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
PLS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Nokia XR21
TFT-LCD, 2400x1080, 6.49
CAT S75
IPS LCD, 2408x1080, 6.58
Gigaset GX4
IPS, 1560x720, 6.10
Screen
-25%
18%
2%
-22%
Brightness middle
600
510
-15%
503
-16%
566
-6%
645
8%
Brightness
561
495
-12%
487
-13%
529
-6%
602
7%
Brightness Distribution
89
92
3%
94
6%
83
-7%
87
-2%
Black Level *
0.57
0.46
19%
0.45
21%
0.47
18%
0.46
19%
Contrast
1053
1109
5%
1118
6%
1204
14%
1402
33%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
5.07
7.41
-46%
2.4
53%
5.02
1%
8.2
-62%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
8.1
13.26
-64%
6.6
19%
9.6
-19%
15
-85%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.7
10.6
-86%
1.9
67%
4.4
23%
11.2
-96%
Gamma
2.249 98%
2.518 87%
2.22 99%
2.248 98%
2.08 106%
CCT
8162 80%
10050 65%
6602 98%
7173 91%
10614 61%

* ... 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 17900 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

We noticed a distinct blue cast in light gray tones, and most colors are not entirely accurate.

We did not measure PWM flickering.

CalMAN grays
CalMAN grays
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space AdobeRGB
CalMAN color space AdobeRGB
CalMAN color space DCI P3
CalMAN color space DCI P3
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

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
32.3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.1 ms rise
↘ 18.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 86 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
43.9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 27.5 ms rise
↘ 16.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 69 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (33.7 ms).

The screen is bright enough for users to read the display despite reflections on the screen, although this becomes challenging in direct sunlight. Still, the smartphone is easy to use outdoors if you turn away from the sun or work in the shade.

The image is clear and accurate even when viewing the display from an angle. 

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance – more power would have been nice

The MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ is a fairly new SoC that doesn't differ much from its predecessor. It is designed for affordable mid-range devices, making the Galaxy XCover7 significantly slower than other outdoor smartphones. 

In everyday use, the device can display the menu smoothly and the system runs well as long as no demanding apps are being used. The system reaches its limits when multi-tasking or running background processes. Custom apps that are tailored to the user's own operating procedures, for example, would need to be well optimized, as the SoC does not have many performance reserves.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=217, last 2 years)
918 Points +73%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
773 Points +46%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
673 Points +27%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
641 Points +21%
Gigaset GX4
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
540 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
531 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (521 - 538, n=3)
530 Points 0%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=217, last 2 years)
3009 Points +76%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
2802 Points +64%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1923 Points +12%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
1787 Points +4%
Gigaset GX4
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1782 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1713 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (1589 - 1780, n=3)
1694 Points -1%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=103, last 2 years)
1409 Points +104%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
903 Points +30%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (690 - 699, n=3)
694 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
692 Points
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=103, last 2 years)
3888 Points +103%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2064 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1911 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (1814 - 1944, n=3)
1890 Points -1%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1650926, n=153, last 2 years)
738503 Points +115%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
505982 Points +48%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
394141 Points +15%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
369861 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
342965 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (300573 - 353627, n=3)
332388 Points -3%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
12113 Points +43%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=213, last 2 years)
11798 Points +39%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
9180 Points +8%
Gigaset GX4
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
9009 Points +6%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (8482 - 9018, n=3)
8832 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
8482 Points
CrossMark - Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1474, n=165, last 2 years)
837 Points +60%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
606 Points +16%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
599 Points +14%
Gigaset GX4
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
526 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
524 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (499 - 524, n=3)
515 Points -2%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 11438, n=165, last 2 years)
5745 Points +103%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
4079 Points +44%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3642 Points +29%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
3527 Points +25%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (2808 - 2884, n=3)
2841 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2832 Points
System
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 16475, n=165, last 2 years)
9678 Points +67%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
8858 Points +53%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
7987 Points +38%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
6635 Points +15%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (5137 - 6591, n=3)
5839 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
5788 Points
Memory
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 12716, n=165, last 2 years)
6250 Points +98%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
4352 Points +38%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4094 Points +30%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
3988 Points +26%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (2959 - 3784, n=3)
3301 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3161 Points
Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 58651, n=165, last 2 years)
14101 Points +413%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
6594 Points +140%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4339 Points +58%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
4298 Points +56%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (2749 - 2768, n=3)
2759 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2749 Points
Web
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=165, last 2 years)
1494 Points +17%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1280 Points
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
1276 Points 0%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (1159 - 1282, n=3)
1240 Points -3%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1239 Points -3%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
1188 Points -7%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=150, last 2 years)
21814 Points +238%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
6693 Points +4%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (6283 - 6895, n=3)
6542 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
6449 Points
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
5039 Points -22%
AImark - Score v3.x
Average of class Smartphone
  (298 - 245629, n=105, last 2 years)
17833 Points +1707%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
987 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (905 - 987, n=3)
955 Points -3%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
953 Points -3%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
455 Points -54%

The system is also a lot slower than its competitors when it comes to graphics. The framerates of the Galaxy XCover6 Pro are up to twice as fast. Users who require graphically demanding apps or enjoy playing a game or two on their phone should carefully consider whether the performance is sufficient.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
684 Points +108%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
362 Points +10%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
354 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
329 Points
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
686 Points +103%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
373 Points +10%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
362 Points +7%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
338 Points
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2472 Points +105%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1311 Points +9%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1208 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1208 Points
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2464 Points +100%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1351 Points +10%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1230 Points
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1212 Points -1%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Points -100%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2986 Points +13%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2799 Points +6%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2641 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2754 Points +21%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2601 Points +14%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2276 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2778 Points +18%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2643 Points +13%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2348 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3568 Points +9%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3468 Points +6%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3283 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2984 Points +27%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2653 Points +13%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2344 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3080 Points +23%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2813 Points +12%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2503 Points
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Points -100%
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 +116%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
80 fps +60%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
64 fps +28%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
50 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
132 fps +113%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
94 fps +52%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
73 fps +18%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
62 fps
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
68 fps +94%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
52 fps +49%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
41 fps +17%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
35 fps
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
77 fps +97%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
61 fps +56%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
47 fps +21%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
39 fps
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
48 fps +118%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps +36%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
22 fps
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
18 fps -18%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
56 fps +124%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34 fps +36%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
28 fps +12%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
25 fps
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
28 fps +133%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps +42%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
16 fps +33%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
12 fps
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
33 fps +120%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps +33%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps +13%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
15 fps
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps +124%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
19 fps +124%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps +41%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
10 fps +18%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
8.5 fps
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
13 fps +128%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.2 fps +44%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
6.6 fps +16%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
6 fps +5%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
5.7 fps
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps +131%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
27 fps +108%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps +46%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps +31%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
13 fps
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34 fps +127%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
22 fps +47%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps +33%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
15 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
15 fps
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5.9 fps +146%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3.6 fps +50%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2.6 fps +8%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2.6 fps +8%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2.4 fps

The browser results aren't that bad, but this may be due to the more modern Chrome version in which we tested the benchmarks. Large websites load quite slowly and it takes a while for images to become visible when scrolling.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=173, last 2 years)
106.1 Points +42%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ (74.5 - 75, n=3)
74.8 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 (Chrome 122)
74.499 Points
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chrome 104)
72.887 Points -2%
CAT S75 (Chrome 114)
64.737 Points -13%
Nokia XR21 (Chrome 114)
62.469 Points -16%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=157, last 2 years)
107.1 runs/min +69%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 (Chrome 122)
63.3 runs/min
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ (56.5 - 63.3, n=3)
59 runs/min -7%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chome 104)
53.8 runs/min -15%
CAT S75 (Chrome 114)
44.1 runs/min -30%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 202, n=160, last 2 years)
100.2 Points +27%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 (Chrome 122)
79 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ (75 - 79, n=3)
77.7 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chrome 104)
74 Points -6%
CAT S75 (Chrome 114)
69 Points -13%
Nokia XR21 (Chrome 114)
68 Points -14%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (4633 - 89112, n=211, last 2 years)
33640 Points +52%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chrome 104)
25445 Points +15%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ (21764 - 22617, n=3)
22165 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 (Chrome 122)
22114 Points
Nokia XR21 (Chrome 114)
22080 Points 0%
CAT S75 (Chrome 114)
20342 Points -8%
Gigaset GX4 (Chrome 111)
18658 Points -16%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ (1984 - 2003, n=3)
1992 ms * -0%
CAT S75 (Chrome 114)
1985.5 ms * -0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 (Chrome 122)
1983.5 ms *
Nokia XR21 (Chrome 114)
1913 ms * +4%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chrome 104)
1708.8 ms * +14%
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=173, last 2 years)
1595 ms * +20%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung skimped on memory and only used UFS 2.1 technology, which is further slowed down by a somewhat sluggish memory controller. As a result, data transfers and load times take longer than on many comparable devices.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 7Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 ProNokia XR21CAT S75Gigaset GX4Average 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
9%
-11%
45%
-11%
-15%
90%
Sequential Read 256KB
488.2
841.6
72%
509.76
4%
991.21
103%
672.59
38%
Sequential Write 256KB
501
484.7
-3%
465.31
-7%
878.23
75%
256.9
-49%
Random Read 4KB
212
170.6
-20%
187.51
-12%
221.56
5%
171.26
-19%
152.9 ?(92.6 - 239, n=113)
-28%
Random Write 4KB
240.2
204.2
-15%
167.51
-30%
233.91
-3%
207.62
-14%
131.6 ?(18.2 - 290, n=113)
-45%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7Nokia XR21CAT S75Gigaset GX4Average 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
PCMark for Android
-2%
-36%
41%
-13%
134%
Storage 2.0 seq. read int.
464 ?(3.0.4061)
424.33
-9%
719.36
55%
Storage 2.0 seq. write int.
400 ?(3.0.4061)
413.56
3%
253.68
-37%
Storage 2.0 random read int.
38.4 ?(3.0.4061)
28.51
-26%
41.39
8%
25.8 ?(15.3 - 38.4, n=6)
-33%
Storage 2.0 random write int.
26.9 ?(3.0.4061)
30.49
13%
64.4
139%
Storage 2.0
17883 ?(3.0.4061)
19174
7%
11421
-36%
15801 ?(8211 - 20827, n=21)
-12%

Games – Gaming better at 40 fps

Due to the 60 Hz display, the frame rates of the outdoor phone are limited to 60 fps. But the relatively weak SoC only achieves these rates in very simple games. More demanding titles such as Genshin Impact or PUBG Mobile run at around 40-50 frames per second in low detail settings. 

Users who insist on a high level of detail will have to make do with 30 fps or even significantly less. This means that lags can no longer be ruled out. We tested the framerates with the GameBench software suite. 

The Samsung phone is not made with gaming in mind but can be used for this purpose provided the expectations aren't too high.

There are no issues when controlling the device using the touchscreen and position sensor.

Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
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Samsung Galaxy XCover 7; Genshin Impact; lowest 120 fps; 4.5.0_21307647_21321795: Ø45.4 (26-52)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7; Genshin Impact; highest 120 fps; 4.5.0_21307647_21321795: Ø25.8 (12-31)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 3.1.0: Ø39.4 (33-41)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7; PUBG Mobile; HD; 3.1.0: Ø29.5 (25-31)

Emissions – can get a little warm

Temperature

We measured a temperature of up to 42 °C after prolonged load. This will be noticeable to the user and could be even higher on hot summer days.

This temperature development doesn't seem to impact the SoC. Performance was not reduced in our 3DMark stress tests. 

Max. Load
 41.3 °C
106 F
35.1 °C
95 F
30.8 °C
87 F
 
 42 °C
108 F
38.2 °C
101 F
30.7 °C
87 F
 
 40.8 °C
105 F
35.1 °C
95 F
30.9 °C
88 F
 
Maximum: 42 °C = 108 F
Average: 36.1 °C = 97 F
29 °C
84 F
33.3 °C
92 F
41 °C
106 F
30.1 °C
86 F
33.6 °C
92 F
40.2 °C
104 F
29.9 °C
86 F
35.8 °C
96 F
40.1 °C
104 F
Maximum: 41 °C = 106 F
Average: 34.8 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.3 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.1 °C / 97 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 42 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.6 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.6 %
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.4 % 0%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.3 % 0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
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 % 0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.3 %
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99 % 0%
Gigaset GX4
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
98.2 % -1%
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Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø2.04 (2.03-2.04)
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 XR21 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø2.15 (2.14-2.16)
Gigaset GX4 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø2.25 (2.22-2.26)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.36 (7.34-7.37)
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 XR21 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø7.22 (7.22-7.26)
Gigaset GX4 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø8.11 (8.08-8.13)
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Speaker

The small speaker at the bottom of the phone is solely responsible for sound output, which means that the device is not able to output stereo sound. Still, the speaker is decent and produces a good volume of up to 84.3 dB(A). Highs are very pronounced and users shouldn't expect to hear low mids or bass tones. The sound becomes more balanced at lower volumes. 

If you want good sound, the best choice is probably to connect headphones or speakers via the 3.5mm audio jack or Bluetooth. Don't expect too many Bluetooth audio codecs either: Samsung usually limits itself to its own SSC and the bare essentials from other providers. This is also the case with this smartphone, which offers a choice of SBC, AAC, aptX and LDAC. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.637.72537.636.13130.728.84033.4295038.433.16324.525.68016.521.710015.821.312513.13016014.638.32008.642.92507.849.63157.254.74008.561.250010.163.963010.962.680010.971.7100012.672.812509.174.416009.677200010.172.6250010.868.5315012.770400013.271.7500015.271630014.375.2800015.372.11000016.165.11250016.363.91600017.259.5SPL24.984.3N0.658.9median 12.6median 65.1Delta2.99.733.837.127.936.724.335.528.237.436.744.222.240.825.441.72140.818.642.215.445.615.146.113.154.11257.412.758.211.862.312.965.410.47013.373.413.27812.178.712.277.912.979.714.884.715.886.716.180.814.473.113.675.513.581.214.474.21561.225.992.50.786.7median 13.5median 73.41.310.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy XCover 7Gigaset GX4
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.4% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 32% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 60% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 52% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Gigaset GX4 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (92.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.7% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.5% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 26% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 46% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 45% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life – low consumption

Energy Management

The smartphone's energy management is pleasingly low, particularly under high load. But of course performance is comparatively low as well.

The device can be charged with up to 15 watts. The phone does not come with a charger included. All our USB chargers from various manufacturers worked perfectly and fully recharged the empty battery within 2 hours.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1 / 1.2 / 1.3 Watt
Load midlight 2.3 / 4.5 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 7
4050 mAh
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
4050 mAh
Nokia XR21
4800 mAh
CAT S75
5000 mAh
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-46%
-56%
-27%
-5%
-52%
Idle Minimum *
1
0.9
10%
0.83
17%
1.1
-10%
1.05 ?(1 - 1.1, n=2)
-5%
Idle Average *
1.2
1.4
-17%
2.29
-91%
1.5
-25%
1.25 ?(1.2 - 1.3, n=2)
-4%
Idle Maximum *
1.3
1.8
-38%
2.32
-78%
1.9
-46%
1.4 ?(1.3 - 1.5, n=2)
-8%
Load Average *
2.3
4.7
-104%
4.41
-92%
3.2
-39%
2.45 ?(2.3 - 2.6, n=2)
-7%
Load Maximum *
4.5
8.1
-80%
6.12
-36%
5.2
-16%
4.6 ?(4.5 - 4.7, n=2)
-2%

* ... smaller is better

Energy Management: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

00.20.40.70.91.11.31.61.822.22.52.72.93.13.43.63.844.3Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø2.51 (1-4.48)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø2.45 (1.903-2.88)

Energy Management: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

00.10.30.40.60.70.911.21.31.41.61.71.922.22.32.42.62.7Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø1.077 (0.97-1.336)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø2.45 (1.903-2.88)

Battery life

The battery has a fairly small capacity of 4050 mAh. Its runtimes are slightly better than those of the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro but cannot keep up with the other comparison devices. Remember, however, that the battery can be replaced fairly easily, which means you can multiply the battery life by however many batteries you have on you.

Even with only one battery, though, the battery life is decent and should keep you going for a day of average use and also cover several episodes of your favorite show.

The robust Galaxy Tab Active 5 tablet has a no-battery mode where the tablet can be used without a battery when connected to the grid. This makes sense in particularly hot environments that could harm the battery, for example. Unfortunately, this mode isn't available for the Galaxy XCover7. If you remove the battery while the device is plugged in, the screen stays on for a second, but then the device switches off and cannot be reactivated permanently without a battery.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
23h 25min
WiFi Websurfing
13h 23min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
14h 21min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 44min
Samsung Galaxy XCover 7
4050 mAh
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
4050 mAh
Nokia XR21
4800 mAh
CAT S75
5000 mAh
Gigaset GX4
5000 mAh
Battery Runtime
-4%
36%
12%
42%
Reader / Idle
1405
1321
-6%
2344
67%
H.264
861
856
-1%
1085
26%
WiFi v1.3
803
768
-4%
875
9%
896
12%
1143
42%
Load
284
266
-6%
400
41%

Pros

+ removable battery
+ robust case with IP certification
+ generous storage space
+ long warranty and promise of updates
+ 5G and eSIM support
+ wide range of mobile frequencies
+ good location accuracy
+ bright display
+ no PWM flickering

Cons

- middling call quality
- low performance
- heats up significantly under load
- comes without charger
- no fingerprint reader
- inaccurate screen colors

Verdict – rare features for an outdoor phone

Review: Samsung Galaxy XCover7. Test unit provided by:
Review: Samsung Galaxy XCover7. Test unit provided by:
cyberport.de

The Samsung Galaxy XCover7 has several advantages that could come in handy for everyday use. First and foremost: its removable battery, which is very rare in smartphones. The phone is also very sturdy, has a bright display and a relatively understated design, generous storage space, and an assignable key.

The Enterprise Edition comes with three years of warranty, as well as the promise of a long update period up until 2029. The phone's location accuracy is good and the main camera takes decent images and videos. The 5G model covers a fair amount of frequencies, making the phone a good candidate for international travel.

On the flip side, the battery could do with more capacity although it's removable. The battery life of Gigaset's GX4 would be something to aim for. Something we find even more disappointing, though, is the phone's meager performance, clearly trailing behind comparable phones. The panel is limited to 60 Hz and doesn't display colors very accurately. Plus, the phone comes without a charger.

The Samsung Galaxy XCover7 is relatively affordable but saves on performance. It has a very sturdy case, good features, and good location accuracy.

If you're looking for a phone with better performance, then the Galaxy XCover6 Pro might be a good alternative. Its price has now dropped to just above our test unit's price. The Gigaset GX4 is also available for a good price these days. It also features a removable battery but doesn't have 5G.

Price and Availability

The Galaxy XCover7 is currently available in Europe and can be purchased from the Samsung store

Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 - 03/23/2024 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
48 / 70 → 69%
Weight
87%
Battery
90%
Display
84%
Games Performance
26 / 64 → 41%
Application Performance
60 / 86 → 70%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 90 → 67%
Camera
61%
Average
73%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Florian Schmitt, 2024-03-24 (Update: 2024-03-24)