Samsung introduced two rugged devices a few months ago, the Galaxy XCover6 smartphone and the Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro tablet, but they weren’t available in the United States at launch. Today, the South Korean giant announced both devices are now available for purchase in the US.
These products have their own target niche, which seems big enough to convince Samsung to keep expanding its offering of rugged phones and tablets. Since we previously reported on the Galaxy XCover6 and Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro, here’s a quick recap in case you need a reminder.
If you’re looking for a rugged smartphone, the Galaxy XCover6 is definitely for you. It’s Samsung’s ultimate rugged phone, but don’t expect the same level of power as the company’s top-tier lineup. It’s safe to say that the Galaxy XCover6 is a standard mid-range phone in a very sturdy and durable body.
Under the hood of the Galaxy XCover6 is a 2.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. That’s a pretty standard list of specs for a mid-range phone, so the Galaxy XCover6 might appeal to other types of customers as well.
The PLS’s massive 6.6-inch LCD supports FHD+ resolution and features Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+, the industry’s newest type of panel protection. The latter should provide enough scratch and damage resistance to save your phone from destruction in some extreme cases.
According to Samsung, the phone meets the MIL-STD-810H standard and can withstand extreme altitudes, temperatures, vibration and humidity. The Galaxy XCover6 can also withstand drops of up to 1.5m and has an IP68 dust and water resistance rating.
Long gone are the days when every rugged phone looked like a brick. The Galaxy XCover6 isn’t the thinnest phone on the market, but it’s pretty slim at just 9.9mm. However, it is quite a heavy device, at least compared to Samsung’s flagships.
The XCover6 weighs 235g, while the Galaxy S21 is much lighter at 167g. On the bright side, your Galaxy XCover6 is more likely to survive extreme conditions than the much more expensive Galaxy S21, so each has its strengths and weaknesses.
When it comes to the camera, let’s just say the Galaxy XCover6 is pretty decent. The phone has a dual camera setup (50MP + 8MP) and a 13MP selfie camera. A 4,000 mAh battery keeps the light going, which should provide enough power for a few days of average use.
Moving on to the Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro, it looks like a tablet version of the Galaxy XCover6, at least on paper. Obviously, the tablet will have a larger display and battery, but many other specifications will be the same.
For starters, the tablet runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G processor and has the same memory configuration, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. However, the Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro is also available in a cheaper 64GB version if you can’t afford the 128GB model.
As for the display, the Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro’s 10.1-inch FHD LCD display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, a slightly weaker type of glass than the one protecting the Galaxy XCover6.
On the back, the rugged tablet has a 13-megapixel primary camera, while there’s an 8-megapixel secondary sensor on the front. The large 7,600mAh battery supports 15W fast charging, but that’s all we know about its capabilities.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro has the same rugged features as the Galaxy XCover6, including MIL-STD-810H compliance and an IP68 rating. However, since the Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 instead of Victus+, it can “only” withstand drops of up to 1m or 1.2m when using the included protective case.
If you haven’t already guessed from the name of the chipset these rugged devices are powered by, we can confirm that they support 5G. Also, they come with Android 12 out of the box and can be purchased in the US Samsung Business StoreAmazon Business and Samsung’s tier one and tier two IT channel partners.
Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro starts at $649, while the Galaxy XCover6 Pro doesn’t have a price yet, but we do know that it will be available in the US on October 20 through select carriers.
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