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Samsung announced rugged Galaxy Xcover 2

Rumored for the past couple weeks, Samsung has made their Galaxy Xcover 2 official. It’s an Ice Cream Sandwich device with a 4-inch WVGA display, and as the followup to the original Xcover, you bet your buttons this latest entry is just as rugged. The Xcover 2 can withstand the perils of being submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, the Xcover 2 features GPS and GLONASS and comes with Cardio Trainer Pro pre-installed. If you’re phone is going to be rugged might as well use it to track fitness or do some geocaching. A 5MP camera with VGA front-facing camera round out the notable specs.

No release date or pricing information was revealed at this time, but it’s a bit surprising we heard anything at all. We fully expected Samsung to unveil the Xcover 2 at Mobile World Congress at the end of February. Their eagerness to show off the phone means we might see it launch before the global trade show, but we still expect the handset to be on site along with the rest of Samsung’s 2013 line.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

January 25, 2013

SEOUL, Korea – January 25, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, today unveiled the Samsung Xcover 2, the ideal smartphone for active explorers who are enjoying outdoor lifestyles and seeking a durable mobile device with essential smartphone capabilities.

• The GALAXY Xcover 2 is optimized to endure against the most rugged outdoor conditions, whether you’re at work or
play. Protected against the elements, it is dust and sand proof. It’s even water resistant to a depth of one meter for up to
30 minutes (IP67 Certified). You can now take photos under water with the direct camera key, hold on tight to your
device with the strap holder and not worry about dropping your phone as the battery cover lock gives added protection.

• Pre-downloaded Google map data, an enhanced GPS + GLONASS which shortens the satellite signal detection by
up to 20% to tracks your location more accurately, LED Flash next to the camera which can be used like a torch and
a huge battery capacity of 570 hours(1,700mAh), making the GALAXY Xcover 2 is the best possible smartphone partner
for outdoor exploration.

• In addition, the Cardio Trainer Pro workout application will also help you achieve your fitness goals by creating a
tailored training program, checking your progress and recording your track and speed.

• For everyday, users can expect the powerful performance characteristic of a Samsung smartphone with the robust
GALAXY Xcover 2 shell. Its vivid 4.0″ (100.8mm) WVGA display provides a clear and wide viewing experience,
a 5-megapixel camera and VGA front camera that will let you record precious moments in high resolution,
Bluetooth® v 4.0 gives a better connection that consumes less power and detects devices 50 meters away.
An impressive 1GHz dual core processor powers the core of the GALAXY Xcover 2, which ensures
a fast operating speed for seamless multitasking, faster webpage loading and softer UI transitions.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 runs Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean) enabling faster and smoother screen transitions and
providing an enhanced user interface featuring a new, easier-to-use notification panel. As a premium Samsung
Android™ phone, the device is packed with a series of innovative features and services to boost performance and
the overall user experience. The intuitive Motion UI understands your movements to shake and update or turn over
to mute; data can be synced, backed up and restored with S-Cloud; S Voice lets users control the phone using
their voice, allowing you to see the weekly weather forecast, the contact number you’re trying to find or even take
a picture as you speak; Best Shot recommends the best shot from a series of photos; Smart Stay recognizes
whether the user is looking at the screen to dim the screen accordingly. Users can also enjoy all the benefits of
Samsung Hubs, including the latest versions of Readers Hub, Video Hub, Game Hub and Music Hub.

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