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The new Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro is a smartphone that offers great resistance to shocks, falls and water, at a price that exceeds $1,000 despite the fact that its hardware is 2 years old.
The Galaxy XCover FieldPro is a rugged smartphone, suitable for very harsh environments, and Samsung focuses it on firefighters, police officers or construction workers construction, including for emergencies or natural disasters.
Has passed the MIL-STD-810G military endurance test, and includes specific features such as Push-to-Talk for use as a walkie-talkie, physical buttons to easily operate it with gloves and a button to send a distress signal.
However, at the hardware level the Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro lags far behind for its cost: it mounts an Exynos 9810 processor, like the Galaxy S9 from 2018, and also uses their same cameras, at a price close to this year's Galaxy S20.
In return, it supports ProSe Device-to-Device, a system that directly connects compatible phones without going through the mobile network, something that can be key if a natural disaster has disabled the telephone masts.
On the other hand, in the Galaxy XCover FieldPro we find features that high-end mobile phones have lost years ago: the battery is removable, and two come with the device, along with an external charger.
Therefore, it is possible to carry a charged spare battery, and change it if we need it. It also comes with a holster to hold the terminal on your belt, and a single-ear, security-style earpiece.
Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro Data Sheet
If we take a look at the specifications of the Galaxy XCover FieldPro (model SM-G889AZKAATT) we see a rather old smartphone, although it is clear that Samsung does not seek to compete in this regard:
- Display: 5.1 inches (2560 x 1440p).
- Processor: 8-core Exynos 9810 up to 2.7 GHz.
- RAM memory: 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage (supports microSD).
- Cameras: 12 MP with dual aperture f/1.5 - f2.4 (main) and 8 MP f/1.7 (front).
- Resistance: MIL-STD-810G (shocks, drops, vibrations) and IP68 (water and dust).
- Connectivity: 4G, WiFi, GPS and GLONASS.
- Sound: double speaker and 3.5 mm jack.
- Battery: 4,500 mAh (swappable) with USB-C charging.
- Operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo.
- Dimensions and weight: 158, 5 x 80, 7 x 14, 2 mm and 256 g.
High Price and US Oriented
The Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro sells for r 1,104.99 dollars in the United States, and the operator AT&T offers it to private users, even if it is not your target audience. Perhaps construction workers or adventure sportsmen will find it interesting, despite its high price.
However, this rugged smartphone is aimed at companies and police or fire departments, and it is not sold on the Samsung website directly, but through contact with a commercial.
The arrival of the Galaxy XCover FieldPro in Spain is not clear, much less for individuals. Although Samsung has launched ultra-resistant smartphones in the past such as the Galaxy Cover 4S, now we are talking about a model especially aimed at professionals.
What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro? Is it worth so much money for a 2018 hardware in exchange for the resistance?