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Samsung’s new rugged phone has custom buttons and a replaceable battery

Samsung is adding another phone to its US lineup. The Galaxy XCover6Pro is a rugged device designed primarily for industrial and business use, unlike Samsung’s flagship. Galaxy S22 Family or premium folding Galaxy Z phones. It will be released in the US on October 1. 22 after first debuting in other markets, and it’s the South Korean company’s first rugged phone with 5G compatibility. US pricing has yet to be announced.

The Galaxy XCover6Pro can withstand drops of up to 1.5 meters, according to Samsung. It comes with some 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 already announced for other markets earlier this year and retain many of the same features. Both are MIL-STD-810H compliant, which means they’ve undergone specific tests designed by the US military to withstand a certain threshold of altitude, humidity, immersion, salt spray, dust, vibration, and drops. The Galaxy XCover6Pro and Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro have replaceable batteries, but the tablet can also run without a battery, drawing power from a vehicle or kiosk if it needs to be used continuously. Both phone and tablet support 5G.

Each device has programmable buttons that can be customized to act as a shortcut to launch specific applications or features. While replaceable batteries and custom buttons sound like useful features for any phone, the Galaxy XCover6Pro and Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro were primarily designed for industrial use. Examples include public safety workers 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.

The rugged Galaxy Active Tab Active4 Pro tablet from Samsung

Samsung

Inside, the Galaxy XCover6Pro has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage that can be expanded to 1TB 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’s also one of the few smartphones that still comes with a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. It is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance and has scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass Victus Plus.

Since these devices are designed for business and industrial use, both will be available through Amazon Business and IT channel partners, in addition to Samsung’s website. The Galaxy XCover6 Pro will also be coming to certain carriers, though Samsung hasn’t said which ones.

Samsung is the world’s largest smartphone maker in terms of shipments, claiming 21% of the global market according to the market research firm. Canalys. But its rugged devices face competition from other brands like Caterpillar and Kyocera. CNET’s Brian Cooley named Kyocera’s DuraSport 5G, Cat S62 Pro, UniHertz Atom XL and Sonim XP8 among The best rugged devices on the market. in 2021 (alongside Samsung’s earlier XCover Pro).

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