Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 will cost around €300, a cheaper alternative to the Xcover ProFebruary 15, 2021
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 leaked in detail earlier this month, now WinFuture has some additional information. The rugged phone will reportedly be available only to businesses initially. It will support features like mPOS – mobile point of sale – which are aimed squarely at companies rather than consumers at large.
This model will have a smaller screen than the Xcover Pro from last year – a basic 5.3” LCD, down from 6.3”. Also, the resolution will be downgraded to 720 x 1,600 px, this is a device built to a budget.
A budget of just under €300, specifically (the Pro costs €500). To get there, the phone will be powered by the Exynos 850 – an 8 nm chipset with eight Cortex-A55 cores and a Mali-G52 GPU. It will be equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage, plus a microSD slot if a particular application requires more memory.
The Xcover 5 will run Android 11 out of the box with corporate-friendly Knox features. Last year Samsung announced Knox Capture – an enterprise-grade barcode scanning solution that uses the camera.
Connectivity includes 4G LTE Cat. 7 (300 Mbps down) and NFC, which is a key part of the mPOS functionality as it allows the phone to act as a terminal and accept payment with credit and debit cards.
There will be a 16 MP camera on the back (f/1.8), which will probably be used for scanning barcodes more often than taking photos. A 5 MP (f/2.2) camera will be available on the front if there’s an occasion for a selfie.
The 3,000 mAh battery will be user-replaceable. Inside the phone it will charge over USB-C at 15W and we wouldn’t be surprised to see pogo pins for charging on a car mount. Also, Samsung usually releases a cradle that can charge a spare battery, so that there’s no downtime when an Xcover phone’s battery dies.
Naturally, the phone will be IP68 dust and water resistant (no IP69, seemingly) and it will carry a MIL-STD-810G qualification. An LED flashlight is a neat addition that comes in handy sometimes.
It’s not clear when Samsung will unveil the Xcover 5 or how long it will be after that before regular consumers can get their hands on one.
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