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Topic # 95902 16-Jan-2012 15:14
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Samsung launches GALAXY Xcover, designed to withstand an active lifestyle

Samsung New Zealand announces the launch of the Samsung GALAXY Xcover, a touchscreen smartphone that combines intuitive social networking features with a robust yet stylish design.

Samsung New Zealand Head of Telecommunications, Stefan Lecchi says, “We’ve designed the Samsung GALAXY Xcover especially for active consumers who live without limits – it’s perfect for Kiwis on the go.

“We’ve combined the best of our social features together with a strong chassis that makes this smartphone more resistant to dust and water*, meaning it can stand up to the active lifestyles New Zealanders enjoy.”

Water-resistant to a depth of one metre (max 30 minutes), the GALAXY Xcover protects against mishaps while incorporating a slim, stylish design.

The Samsung GALAXY Xcover is powered by the Android 2.3 (“Gingerbread”) version. Android is one of the world’s most popular mobile platforms optimised for smartphones.

Socially connected
The Samsung GALAXY Xcover is equipped with Samsung’s Social Hub, allowing users to communicate with whoever they want, however they want, all from one place – their contacts list, communication history, Instant Messenger status and updates from social networking sites are all brought to a single destination. Users can access message types (push e-mail, text, voicemail and SNS) and respond directly without resorting to individual applications. GALAXY Xcover users have the ultimate inbox that allows immediate access to their friends and their world.

With Google mobile services providing practical and fun tools for everyday life, users can discover the latest apps and games with Android MarketTM, share their location with friends using Google Maps with Google Latitude, and watch the latest videos and content with YouTube.

Ultra-connectivity is enabled by HSDPA 7.2/ HSUPA 5.76, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth v3.0+ HS, ensuring that users can constantly connect to the people that matter to them.

Designed to protect
The Samsung GALAXY Xcover has been cleverly manufactured to be IP67 compliant, meaning it is dirt and water resistant. Added resilience is enabled through a reinforced display. The GALAXY Xcover sports a strong screen which is more resistant as it is made from tempered glass which is four to five times tougher than regular glass.

The GALAXY Xcover comes with a 3MP auto-focus camera with LED flash. For added convenience, the flash has been optimised and can be converted to operate as a powerful torch, providing added functionality in situations when you most need it.

Now available
The GALAXY Xcover is now available in New Zealand, exclusively on the Vodafone network, RRP $599.




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  Reply # 569708 16-Jan-2012 23:44
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Terrible name ;D

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  Reply # 569964 17-Jan-2012 15:20
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steep price when compared to defy/defy+





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  Reply # 569980 17-Jan-2012 15:43
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It looks like an HTC phone. 




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  Reply # 569998 17-Jan-2012 16:19
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nakedmolerat: steep price when compared to defy/defy+


Yeah, the Defy is getting on a bit. Mine is almost a year old and it they had been out a while when I bought mine, for $500 as I remember. The Defy+ is the same phone with a bigger battery. 

It doesn't say in the OP but this may have newer specs and at least it is running Gingerbread.

I would consider one if my trusty Defy died.  




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  Reply # 570253 18-Jan-2012 09:08
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I think I remember it just being called the galaxy X in the vodafone store, but it looks like a cool phone. 
Thought it was a ruggedised galaxy s, but seems I was wrong:
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_s5690_galaxy_xcover-4091.php
looking at the specs, it is pretty expensive for what you get. It is closer to the galaxy ace than the s.




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  Reply # 570307 18-Jan-2012 11:06
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These would be the Samsung xcover's little friends then.

Motorola Defy Mini - http://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_defy_mini_xt320-4375.php

Motorola Defy+ - http://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_defy+-4098.php

Sony Ericsson Active - http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_ericsson_xperia_active-3998.php

All the above have an IP (Ingress Protection) rating of IP67 whichs means they have complete dust protection and can be immersed in 1m of water for 30min.

The above are all Android devices.

Description of IP (Ingress Protection) rating - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code

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  Reply # 570535 18-Jan-2012 18:49
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nakedmolerat: steep price when compared to defy/defy+


Yeah, the Defy is getting on a bit. Mine is almost a year old and it they had been out a while when I bought mine, for $500 as I remember. The Defy+ is the same phone with a bigger battery

It doesn't say in the OP but this may have newer specs and at least it is running Gingerbread.

I would consider one if my trusty Defy died.  


Nope, Defy+ has bigger battery, gingerbread, 1ghz processor 





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