Not everyone can afford the Galaxy S6 active that is an excellent rugged phone which can survive even in extreme climatic conditions. For the exact reason, Samsung introduced the Xcover 3 phone last year with similar exterior features but with washed down internals and performance. Today, Samsung has officially introduced us to the refreshed version of the handset which is being called a Galaxy Xcover 3 Value Edition.
This phone is available in Netherlands on an ecommerce website and is retailing at 228 euros. The phone will release in other regions, and the price will vary accordingly.
The newest phone has been upgraded and will run on the latest flavour of Android; that is Marshmallow while the old one is stuck on Android 4.4 KitKat. The internals are somewhat similar to the Xcover 3.
The 2016 version of the phone meets the US MIL-STD 810G standard for staying alive in adverse temperature, humidity, rain and altitude conditions. The Galaxy Xcover 3 value edition is also dustproof, shock- and water-resistant with IP67 certification. The phone can stop water from seeping into its internals for 30 mins at a depth of 1 metre.
The exterior is tough enabling the phone to withstand harsh conditions and it has physical buttons for navigating the user interface. There is an “Xcover key” which can switch on the flashlight and pressing it twice in quick succession will fire up the camera app.
The specification includes a 4.5-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels resolution) display with a 1.3 GHz quad core chipset, and 1.5 GB of RAM. 8 GB of internal storage is given with the option to increase it via expandable memory card. A 5 MP shooter in the back and 2 MP in the front is given that can also record underwater.
The phone has 4G LTE connection and weighs in at 154 grams along with a 2000mAh battery.