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

Samsung It adds another phone to the US lineup. The Galaxy XCover6Pro is a rugged device designed primarily for industrial and corporate use, unlike the flagship from Samsung. Galaxy S22 family or long installment Galaxy Z . phones. It will be launched in the US on October 22 after making its debut in other markets, and is the South Korean company’s first rugged phone with 5G compatibility. US pricing has not yet been announced.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy XCover6Pro can withstand drops of up to 1.5 meters. It comes with some specific features that most phones don’t have, 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 have undergone specific tests designed by the US military to withstand a certain threshold of altitude, humidity, immersion, salt mist, dust, vibration and falls. The Galaxy XCover6Pro and Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro have replaceable batteries, but the tablet can also work without a battery, drawing power from the car or kiosk if it needs to be used continuously. Supports both 5G phone and tablet.

Each device has programmable buttons that can be customized to act as a shortcut to launch specific apps or features. While replaceable batteries and custom buttons seem 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 communicate quickly with dispatchers or leave devices in their vehicles under extreme weather conditions.

Samsung Galaxy Active Tab Active4 Pro rugged tablet

Samsung Galaxy Active Tab Active4 Pro rugged tablet

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Inside, the Galaxy XCover6Pro has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage that can be expanded up 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 has a 3.5mm headphone jack. It is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance and has Gorilla Glass Victus Plus that is scratch-resistant.

Since these devices are designed for enterprise and industrial use, both will be available through Amazon Business and IT channel partners as well as the Samsung website. The Galaxy XCover6 Pro is also coming to some carriers, although Samsung hasn’t said which ones.

Samsung is the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer in terms of shipments, with 21% of the global market according to the market research firm. Canalys. But its powerful machines face competition from other brands such as Caterpillar and Kyocera. CNET’s Brian Cooley named the Kyocera DuraSport 5G, Cat S62 Pro, UniHertz Atom XL, and Sonim XP8 among The best rugged hardware on the market in 2021 (along with Samsung’s previous XCover Pro).