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Samsung announces rugged Samsung Galaxy XCover 5

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Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy XCover 5, a rugged smartphone designed for field and factory work with complete protection against dust and water. Not only does it feature a tough and rugged design, but it also has improved touch sensitivity for use with gloves and an easy-to-charge replaceable battery for all-day productivity.

The Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 has enhanced shock absorption that enables the handset to withstand drops of up to 1.5 meters. Meanwhile, the IP68-rated dust and water resistance means that it can be submerged in over a meter of water for longer than 30 minutes. 

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Mark Notton, Senior Director of Mobile Product Portfolio, Samsung Electronics Europe, says, "At Samsung, we are rapidly investing in technology that delivers efficiency and factory-focused businesses as they become increasingly mobile. The Galaxy XCover 5 is a device that addresses the challenges employers in the field often face, from ensuring protection of sensitive material to durable use in any environment. 


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"Whether on the factory floor or in extreme heat, rain or snow in outdoor conditions – it can keep up with the demands of the job, while improving productivity and increasing collaboration to make day-to-day work easier and more efficient.”

Featuring the Exynos 850 chipset, 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage, the Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 seems to be more than simply a rugged exterior. It also has a replaceable 3,000mAh battery that supports fast charging through USB and POGO pins. The Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 also comes with a single 16MP f/1.8 rear camera and a 5MP f/2.2 front camera. 

The new Galaxy XCover 5 will be available from March 2021 in select markets including Asia, Europe and Latin America. Availability will expand to other regions at a later date that is yet to be specified. At present, there is no pricing information available. 

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