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Samsung's rugged Galaxy Xcover 5 shows up online

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 rugged smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4
Although there is no official announcement yet and last year's Galaxy Xcover 4 was only released in Europe and Canada, a Galaxy Xcover 5 was recently discovered on Samsung New Zealand's website. Since the webpage was taken down in the meantime, it is rather safe to assume that it was all an accident and this rugged phone will be unveiled soon.

Although Samsung fans looking for a rugged smartphone could simply get a flagship and slap some tough case onto it, it's always better to get a handset that was designed to comply with the MIL-STD 810G standards. While last year's Galaxy Xcover 4 only reached a few European markets and Canada, it seems that its successor could reach a few additional countries, and New Zealand seems to be one of them.

Although Google shows that Xcover 5 is present on the Samsung NZ website, the link to the product's page is not available. However, Roland Quandt published last month an image of a Samsung phone that looks like the Active series but he also added that this is "not an S9 Active" and one of the replies simply replied with "Xcover" without any other details. Obviously, that was just a comment of a random Twitter user and not an official confirmation.

For now, nothing is known about the specs and features of the Xcover 5, but the image mentioned above clearly shows the main camera setup sporting no less than three LED flashes. Looking back at the Xcover 4, it is rather safe to assume that its successor will also be certified to comply with the IP68 and MIL-STD 810G standards, sporting a set of light mid-range specs. If it launches in the coming weeks, we also expect to see it running Android Oreo out of the box, but everything might change if Samsung decides to unleash the Xcover 5 in the last quarter.

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 has a 5-inch 720p display, next to the Exynos 7570 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage. Sadly, it launched with Android 7.0 Nougat and was not updated ever since.


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Codrut Nistor, 2018-04-16 (Update: 2018-04-16)