Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 went quietly official - it's the company's next mid-range rugged smartphone. The new Galaxy Xcover 3 packs a 4.5" WVGA display and runs on a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, of unknown architecture.
The rest of the specs include 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB expandable storage, a 5MP rear cam capable of snapping underwater pics, a 2MP front shooter and a 2,200 mAh battery. Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 also relies on an altimeter, compass and GPS sensors and offers LTE connectivity.
The Galaxy Xcover 3 will launch running on Android 4.4 KitKat, but it will be brought to Lollipop later on.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 has the same protection certifications as the Galaxy S5 Active. It is MIL-STD 810G certified for salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistance. The IP67 certifications means the Xcover 3 is dust-tight and can survive in 1m-deep fresh water for half an hour.
The rugged gadget offers physical control keys below its display and there is an additional Xcover key, which lights up the LED flash on a short press, or fires up the camera with a double click.
Samsung will reveal more details on the Galaxy Xcover 3 on CeBIT next...