A neat and fashionable mobile with glass on the front and back can be too fragile for some working conditions. Certain types of work require a smartphone that can withstand something more. If you are looking for such a device, Samsung is now delivering just probably what you need – the Galaxy XCover 5.  The design and a number of features of the new Galaxy XCover 5 make it suitable for working in harsh conditions.

Equipped with an Exynos850 processor, up to 64 GB internal storage, and 4 GB RAM, Galaxy XCover 5 also has a replaceable 3,000 mAh battery that supports fast charging via USB and POGO pin. In terms of cameras, this phone has a 16MP (F1.8) camera with a Live Focus function that sharpens the subjects in your images. The front camera is 5MP (F2.2) and suitable for video calling. Galaxy XCover 5 also supports Samsung Knox, a defense-grade security platform built from the chip up for superior protection.

This new mobile is designed for what you would call old-fashioned manual work, in the field, on the construction site, or in the factory. Engineered with military-grade durability and improved shock absorption, the Galaxy XCover 5 can withstand the toughest hits and falls.

With IP68, the industry’s best water-and-dust resistance rating, it can be immersed in 1-meter deep freshwater for 30 minutes and also completely protected from dust. The Glove-Touch function increases the pressure sensitivity and makes it possible to operate the phone with gloves on.

Galaxy XCover 5 has also been enhanced with unique partner-enabled mobility solutions for use in a variety of scenarios, including the ability to integrate the walkie-talkie feature into Microsoft Teams. The push-to-talk feature allows users to stay in touch with anyone throughout the day with a single tap. It is also possible to configure which apps can be launched with XCover Key – a tailored feature that gives access to your most-used apps such as emergency calls, credit cards, or other applications with a single tap.

Having used Samsung S8 Active as my main device for close to a year, I find the strategy Samsung is applying on their rugged devices a bit confusing. The Galaxy XCover 5 is a further backslide when it comes to chips and cameras, but the replaceable battery is definitely my favorite feature. I do hope Samsung will improve the battery changing experience and apply it to more devices in the future, maybe even their flagship devices.

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