Samsung has unveiled a new rugged smartphone and it is meant for agents in the field and first responders. It is none other than the Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro. Let me show you some of the features and specs of this rugged smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro Features
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro is MIL-STD-810G and IP68 certified, allowing it to survive adverse conditions and hard shocks. It can go under 1.5m (5ft) of water for half an hour.
The Xcover FieldPro is powered by a 4500mAh battery, and it comes with a second battery of the same capacity included in the package. Also available, are exposed pogo pins to allow it to charge from a docking station.
The hardware is in the vein of the Galaxy S9, making it more powerful than previous Xcovers. The phone is powered by an Exynos 9810 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage. The internal storage can be expanded further via a microSd card slot up to 512GB.
On the front, theGalaxy Xcover FieldPro sports a 5.1 inch screen with QHD resolution (16:9 aspect ratio) and an 8MP selfie camera. On the back there is a 12MP main camera (with dual aperture), a triple-LED flash and a fingerprint reader.
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro runs Android 9 Pie out of the box, but an Android 10 update is coming in the future. The Samsung Knox security platform is certified for use by the federal government.
The Galaxy Xcover FieldPro has dedicated buttons for push-to-talk and emergency request. The latter can be programmed to send location data. Being physical buttons, these can be activated with with thick gloves, in pouring rain and other situations.
The phone supports Band 14, aka FirstNet, a dedicated channel used by first responders and currently run by AT&T. It is used by ambulances, the Chicago police department, the Seattle fire department, FEMA and the US Coast Guard, among others.
It’s not clear how much the Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro will cost or if it will even be made available to civilians – Samsung may just be after a lucrative government contract instead.