Samsung today announced the second waterproof Xcover model. This time, it is a touch screen smartphone IP67 certified running Android
A couple of years ago, almost all mobile phone makers had one or two extra tough models in the portfoli. Today, you will have a hard time trying to find one in your regular electronics store. Until now that is.
The Samsung Xcover is classified with a IP67 code. The IP code is a rating standard showing the degrees of protection provided against dust, water and more. The first of the two digits following the IP characters tells us that the Xcover is
Dust tight: No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact
which is the highest degree of protection against dust. The second numer (7) is for liquid protection. Seven means that the smartphone is
Immesion up to 1 m: Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion).
Test duration under water is 30 minutes.
We know many of our readers such as craftsmen have been looking for a real tough phone. A handfull of models exists, but these are mostly feature phones. Samsung claims to be the first manufacture of a waterproof touchscreen smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover is powered by a 1500 mAh battery and has a 3.65 inch display. We do not have the claimed battery talk and standby time, but we are pretty sure this model are on line with most 3.5-3.6 inch smartphones which is about 400-500 hour standby time and 450 minutes talk time. The large screen will drain battery and so could features like Wi-Fi and GPS. Users wanting more talk and standby time should instead be looking at the feature phone Samsung E2370 which are using the same 1500 mAh battery but has an impressive 1200 minutes / 20 hours talktime and a 1040 hour / 43 days standby time!
Samsung Galaxy Xcover GT-S5690 highlights
- Weight: 135 gram
- Size: 121.5 x 65.9 x 11.95 mm
- Networks: GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS 900/2100, HSDPA 7.2, HDUPA 5.76
- 3.65 inch display, 320 x 480 pixels
- 3 megapixel camera, auto focus, LED light
- Bluetooth 3.0
- FM Radio
- 800 MHz processor
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread