Samsung unveils rugged Galaxy phone for the outdoor type

The Galaxy Xcover 2 is designed for explorers and travelers who need a phone to join them on their outdoor adventures.

Galaxy Xcover 2 Samsung

Samsung has created a new smartphone that can handle the great outdoors and even spend time underwater.

Announced today, the Galaxy Xcover 2 is built as a durable and rugged device, according to Samsung. The phone is both dustproof and sandproof.

It can also hold its breath underwater, at least at a depth of around three feet for up to 30 minutes. You probably won't be making too many phone calls under the water, but the Xcover 2's camera can come in handy if you want to snap photos of life under the sea.

The phone provides Google map information and an enhanced GPS/GLONASS feature. Combining both the U.S.-based GPS and Russia's GLONASS can track your location more accurately, according to Samsung.

The camera's LED flash is bright enough so it can be used like a torch in dark conditions. The 1,700mAh battery boasts a capacity of 570 hours. To get in shape, the phone includes a Cardio Trainer Pro app so you can set up and monitor a personalizing training program.

Outfitted with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Xcover 2 is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor. The 4-inch screen offers a WVGA display.

A 5-megapixel autofocus camera is found in the back, while a VGA camera faces front. The phone is equipped with Bluetooth version 4.0, which Samsung says can detect other Bluetooth devices up to 164 feet away.

Samsung has not yet announced where or when the phone will be available, nor how much it will cost. But the timing is right for the company to show off the Xcover 2 and reveal more details at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

 

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