adds yet another phone to its US lineup. The Galaxy XCover6Pro is a rugged device designed primarily for industrial and business use, unlike Samsung’s flagship or premium foldable . It will launch in the US on October 22 after debuting in other markets, and it’s the South Korean company’s first rugged phone with 5G compatibility. US prices have not yet been announced.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy XCover6Pro can withstand drops of up to 1.5 meters. It comes with a few specific features not found on most phones, including programmable buttons and a replaceable battery. Samsung is also launching its rugged tablet, the $649 (about £580, AU$980) Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro, in the US today.
Both devices were announced earlier this year for other markets and retain many of the same features. They are both MIL-STD-810H compliant, meaning they have undergone specific testing designed by the US military to withstand a certain threshold of altitude, humidity, submersion, salt fog, dust, vibration and drops. The Galaxy XCover6Pro and Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro both have removable batteries, but the tablet can also run without a battery and get power from a vehicle or kiosk if it needs to be used continuously. The phone and tablet both support 5G.
Each device has programmable buttons that can be customized to act as shortcuts to launch specific apps or functions. While replaceable batteries and custom buttons sound like useful features for any phone, the Galaxy XCover6Pro and Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro are primarily designed for industrial use. Examples include public safety officers who may need to use the programmable button as a push-to-talk shortcut, or people who work in transportation and logistics who may need to quickly communicate with dispatchers or leave devices in their vehicles under extreme weather conditions.
On the inside, the Galaxy XCover6Pro has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage that can be expanded up to 1 TB via a microSD card slot. It has a 6.6-inch screen and a dual-lens camera with 50 megapixel and 8 megapixel sensors. It is also one of the few smartphones that still comes with a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. It has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and it has scratch resistant Gorilla Glass Victus Plus.
Since these devices are designed for business and industrial use, they are both available through Amazon Business and IT channel partners in addition to Samsung’s website. The Galaxy XCover6 Pro is also coming to select carriers, though Samsung hasn’t said which ones.
Samsung is the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world in terms of shipments, claiming 21% of the global market, according to market research firm canalys. But the rugged devices face competition from other brands such as Caterpillar and Kyocera. CNET’s Brian Cooley mentioned Kyocera’s DuraSport 5G, the Cat S62 Pro, UniHertz Atom XL and Sonim XP8, among others in 2021 (alongside Samsung’s previous XCover Pro).