Samsung’s XCover 4s rugged smartphone goes official with Android 9 Pie

We knew that it was only a matter of time before Samsung unveiled a new rugged smartphone and it has done that today. The Galaxy XCover 4s is official with a familiar design and the latest software in the form of Android 9.0 Pie.

Some press renders of the Galaxy XCover 4s had already been leaked online about a week ago so the design doesn’t come as a surprise. The handset had also picked up some crucial certifications over the past few weeks. That was a sign of its impending launch.

Samsung officially launches the Galaxy XCover 4s

The Galaxy XCover series has been around for a few years now. It’s meant for a certain type of consumer, one that operates in an environment where your average smartphone may not be able to survive.

Like its predecessors, the Galaxy XCover 4s gets enhanced impact resistance through its rubber coating. It’s also built to the MIL-STD 810G standards for ruggedness and has an IP68 water and dust resistance rating. There’s even a dedicated ‘XCover Key’ which can be used to launch any app or feature.

The specs are pretty normal. There’s a 5.0-inch TFT HD display and an Exynos 7885 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. It also features a 16-megapixel f/1.7 aperture rear and 5-megapixel f/2.2 front camera. The device measures in at 145.9 x 73.1 x 9.7 mm. It’s powered by a 2,800mAh removable battery, a trait that it shares with its predecessor. The Galaxy XCover 4s ships with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.

Galaxy Xcover 4s goes in sale in July for €299

Samsung only tends to make its XCover devices available in limited markets. That will be the case with this latest addition to the series as well. According to the press release sent out in Italy, Galaxy XCover 4s will be available starting next month for €299.

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