Samsung has announced the Galaxy Xcover 2, a new ruggedized and IP67-rated phone running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Being an IP67 certified, it is water, dust resistant and scratch proof and the device can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water and can withstand in dirt and dust filled environment. Clearly it needs to be well sealed to perform these feats.
The 4-inch WVGA (800×480) Galaxy Xcover 2 will ship 4.1 Jelly Bean and hardware-wise it packs a dual-core 1GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It packs 5-megapixel auto focus camera with LED flash and a VGA front camera. There’s even a dedicated camera button and a wrist strap so that you can take photos underwater.
The phone has a tight seal all around, including a battery cover lock to give the device add protection with water. As evident in press photos, beneath the screen are three fairly large buttons for Home, Back and Menu. Yes, they’re well sealed against water and dust.
The smartphone supports HSPA 14.4/5.76 (900/2100) and EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 bands and packs a standard battery, Li-ion 1,700mAh. No word yet on where the phone is expected to land and at what price.