Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s official: long-awaited successor to the rugged smartphone

Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s official
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s official

Samsung has announced a new rugged phone: the Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s official. The device comes with a better camera and a faster processor than its two-year-old predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s official

Most consumers fall for a telephone with a modern look. That means a design that is as borderless as possible in combination with a handsome, large screen. For users of the XCover 4 from Samsung, things are different, because they want a durable housing and a practical design with physical buttons that you can always count on. 

Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s

The XCover 4S is a renewed version of the phone with mainly some important improvements that are located underneath that sturdy plastic housing. Samsung retains its clear screen edges in combination with the three physical buttons for Back, Home and Recent apps. Furthermore, the phone is still IP68 water and dust resistant, which means it can survive a meter and a half underwater for half an hour. Special is also the XCover button on the housing with which you can activate an app of your choice, push-to-talk can use for communication or for example activate the flashlight.


The screen of the XCover has not been changed, because the device still has a 5-inch LCD screen with a 16: 9 aspect ratio and an HD resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels. The quad-core chipset of the phone is exchanged for a more powerful 1.6 GHz octa-core Exynos 7885. The phone can also count on more memory and storage capacity, namely 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage.

Galaxy XCover 4s

The XCover 4s runs on Android Pie. Samsung still chose the same 2800 mAh battery that you can remove from the case. Micro sim was exchanged for a modern nano sim card slot and micro-USB became USB-c. The 3.5 mm audio jack has also remained. On the back, there is a better 16 MP camera (f / 1.9) and at the front, you can still see a 5 MP selfie camera. 


The Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s is available from the end of June in black color with orange accents. The device received a suggested retail price of 259 euros. 

What do you think of rugged phones like this XCover 4s? Do you think such an extra durable housing is necessary, or are rugged covers sufficient? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of this article.

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