Samsung recently launched a smart phone called Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2 to please its patrons who do not wish to spend a bomb for owning a smart phone. Here in this review we are going to cover the pros and cons of this latest product from Samsung, so let’s begin exploring all the features and applications that are in store for us.
Features Of Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2
Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2 is a simple and elegant bar phone by design. The phone is good to hold and its dimensions of 130.5 x 67.7 x 12 mm or 5.14 x 2.67 x 0.47 in make it fit in your pocket or purse effortlessly. The phone is on the heavier side though. The phone weights 148.5 grams, which is considered, to be vague these days. The only color option for this phone is gray.
A highlight for this phone is that its has a IP67 certified – dust tight and water proof body which can help save your phone until 1 minute if you accidentally submerge it into the water. It is a majorly useful feature indeed.
Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2 has a capacitive touch screen. This capacitive touch screen measures 4.0-inches. The maximum resolution that this phone can reach is 480 x 800 pixels. The maximum number of colors supported by the screen is 16M. The pixel density of Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2 is 233 ppi. The display does support multi-touch. The highlight of the screen is that it has a scratch-resistant glass which is a value add. The screen also comes along with TouchWiz UI, which further enhances, the touch screen experience.
Since Samsung GALAXYXcover 2 runs on the latest mobile operating system from Android – Jelly Bean, it was bound to have hard hitting hardware configuration doing all the hard work to deliver unmatched performance. The CPU of this phone is a Dual-core 1 GHz which is placed on an industry standard chipset. The RAM of the phone is 1GB which is going to make your multitasking look remarkably easy. This phone does not have a dedicated GPU for gaming which implies that while playing games you will compromise your phone RAM.
Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2 has the latest industry standard messaging features like SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM and RSS in-built within the customized Android OS. There exist variety of other messaging applications available for download in the play store, as well.
Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2 has a decent 5 MP camera to its credit. This camera can click photos at a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. This decent camera can do HD video recording 720 p.
The other useful features of the camera are LED flash, geo-tagging, and auto focus. The phone does have a secondary camera in VGA which helps cover your video calling needs.
Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2 supports both, 2 G and 3 G networks. This phone, unfortunately, does not support 4 G networks. The phone is expected to operate on a micro SIM. For 2 G connections, the phone will support EDGE and GPRS. For 3 G connections that the phone will support HSDPA up to 14 Mbps and HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbps.
The wireless connection options include Wi-Fi on 802.11 b/g/n protocol, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot. The phone doesn’t support DLNA. The phone has the latest Bluetooth v4.1 with A2DP supported. The phone doesn’t support NFC.
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Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2 has internal memory of 4GB. The phone has external memory card slot which can be used to expand the memory up to 32 GB but on a micro SD card only.
Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2 supports JAVA via Java MIDP emulator. HTML v5 is used for internet browsing. The navigation requirements are dealt by A-GPS with GLONASS. Accelerometer, compass, and proximity are the sensors that this smartphone has.
The phone supports various other applications like SNS integration, video player, music player, Organizer, Image/video editor, Document editor, YouTube, Calendar, Voice memo/dial/commands, Predictive text input in the form of Swype.
Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2 comes with a Li-Ion operating at 1700 mAh battery which is surprising as it’s not at par with its peers. The standby time for this battery is up to 570 hours, and the talk time is up to 8 hours.
Price and Availability
The phone is announced in January 2013 and is expected to go on sale by March 2013. The price of this phone has not been disclosed yet. The estimated price is, however, expected to be around $380.
Samsung GALAXY Xcover 2 is a brilliant phone from what we have seen so far. We will have to wait until the phone is released to see how well this product is received by the crowd.