CES 2020: Samsung launches the rugged Galaxy XCover Pro with a punch-hole display

Rugged smartphones are made to operate under extreme conditions and withstand a significant amount of damage. At CES 2020, South Korean brand Samsung has quietly launched a rugged smartphone dubbed as the XCover Pro. It is equipped with MIL-STD-810G military standards and is also IP68 certified. The smartphone is waterproof and shockproof and can survive drops from 1.5m. The Galaxy XCover Pro comes with key features like a fingerprint reader, KNOX security, removable battery and more. Let’s take a look at what the device offers out of the box:

Galaxy XCover Pro specifications and features

The Galaxy XCover Pro comes with a 6.3-inch display bearing full HD+ resolution. The device features a punch-hole camera cutout at the top left corner. Design-wise, the back panel has a textured finish with the power and volume buttons on the right side. The power button also doubles up as a fingerprint scanner for security purposes. Additionally, there are two programmable buttons to perform various tasks. Samsung claims that users can interact with the smartphone’s display with gloves even when its wet. 

The Galaxy XCover Pro sports a dual-camera setup comprising of a 25MP main sensor accompanied by an 8MP secondary sensor. The device is fitted with a 13MP shooter in the front for selfies and video calling purposes. 

On the hardware front, the XCover Pro is powered by an Exynos 9611 processor coupled with 4GB RAM. The device offers 64GB onboard storage which can be further expanded via a microSD card. The Galaxy XCover Pro is backed by a removable 4,050mAh battery unit with support for 15W fast charging via a USB-C port. Out of the box, the device runs Android 9 Pie.  The Galaxy XCover Pro is also aimed at businesses, since it functions as an mPOS (mobile point of sale) for scanning barcodes and accepting payments. 

Galaxy XCover Pro pricing and availability

The Galaxy XCover Pro is priced at $500 (~Rs 30,000) and will be available from January 31st in Finland. The global availability is unknown at the moment. 

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