Samsung Announces ‘Waterproof’ Galaxy Xcover 2 Smartphone

It seems like every few days there is a new Android phone to talk about. Manufacturers like to iterate on design and functionality to bring the broadest possible selection to the market. Samsung has introduced the next member of their smartphone lineup, the Xcover 2.

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The Xcover 2 is a rugged smartphone, meaning it is supposedly water, sand and dust resistant. It is, according to the company waterproof up to 1 meter in depth, which is great if you have a habit of washing your mobile phone a lot. The device itself comes with a surprisingly small 4 inch screen, Android 4.1 jellybean, 5 megapixel rear-facing and a front facing VGA cameras, and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.

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The device is perfect for those who tend to use their smartphones outside a lot. If you work in the out of doors, you will need a device that can handle the elements. The Xcover 2 could be the device for you.

While the device does not have the sexiness of the Galaxy S III or the gigantic screen of the Galaxy Note 2, the device does serve a purpose in Samsung’s growing Android portfolio. Rugged handsets have been popular amongst work men and women since the introduction of the flip-phone back in the 90s. Motorola was one of the first to make them popular, but even since then rugged phones have been a staple of the mobile industry. Unfortunately for those that need them, smartphones are not designed rugged as much as their flip-phone cousins.

Do you need a rugged smartphone? If so would you consider the Xcover? Talk back in the comments!