Samsung this week unveiled a rugged smartphone, the Galaxy Xcover Field Pro, designed for government personnel and first responders, to match the MIL-STD-810G military-class robustness, shock-resistant and IP68-resistant and dust-resistant, and can be immersed in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. According to Samsung, the device has passed the MIL-STD -810G standard for a subset of 21 specific environmental conditions, including temperature, dust, shock/vibration, and low pressure/high altitude testing.
The Galaxy Xcover FieldPro uses parts and designs from Samsung’s previous Galaxy S9, which features a 5.1-inch QHD flat-screen display with a resolution of 2560×1440 and a pixel density of 576PPI. It is not clear whether the device is pre-installed with the Android O or Android P operating system, but Samsung has made it clear that it will support upgrading the operating system to Android Q.
The Galaxy Xcover FieldPro features the same processor Exynos 9810, 10nm process as the Galaxy S9, with 4 x 2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 and 4 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55 CPU cores and Mali-G72 MP 18 GPU with 12.0MP AF (Double Aperture) camera and 3x LED flash on the back, with an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front.
The back has a fingerprint reader and removable panel, and the inner battery can be replaced with a flat-head screwdriver (or small coins if needed). The device has an internal battery capacity of 4500mAh, compared with 3000mAh for the Galaxy S9 and 3400mAh for the Galaxy S10.
The only drawback of the phone is that it may not be available to the public. It supports the 14th band, FirstNet, a radio band specifically designed for first responders, and features keystrokes and emergency request buttons. Samsung has not disclosed the price of the product because it is aimed at users such as first responders.