Samsung released a new rugged smartphone this year, after almost a two-year gap and now there is another phone, called the XCover FieldPro added to the same series. While it isn’t a flagship-grade rugged device like the Galaxy S8 Active, the XCover Field Pro is significantly more impressive than the XCover 4s. It may be the first phone where “Pro” actually means “professional” rather than “premium chipset” or “extra camera lens”. This is the phone for agents in the field and Govt. officials.
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro is MIL-STD-810G and IP68 certified, allowing it to survive adverse conditions and hard shocks. It can go under 1.5m (5ft) of water for half an hour. It’s powered by a 4,500mAh battery. Galaxy XCover FieldPro comes with a 5.1-inch QHD display panel and runs on an Exynos 9810, the same chipset that powers the international variants of the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and the Galaxy Note 9. On the front is a 5.1” screen with QHD resolution (16:9 aspect ratio) and an 8MP selfie camera. On the rear side there’s a 12MP primary camera, a triple-LED flash and a fingerprint reader for security.
The phone runs Android 9 Pie out of the box, but hopefully an OS update is coming in the future. The Samsung Knox security platform is certified for use by the federal government. The Galaxy Xcover FieldPro has dedicated buttons for push-to-talk and emergency requests. The latter can be programmed to send location data. Being physical buttons, these can be activated with thick gloves, in the pouring rain and other situations. The phone supports Band 14, aka FirstNet, a dedicated channel used by first responders and currently run by AT&T. It’s used by ambulances, the Chicago police department, the Seattle fire department, FEMA and the US Coast Guard, among others. This is not a commercial device for civilians, rather it’s a phone that’s going to be sold to government agents through some kind of deal, so warranty clauses most likely will not be the same. On top of that this phone is EXPECTED to be put through harsh conditions.