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Samsung Galaxy xCover (Extreme) Review

Rating: 6.5.

Samsung has been the leader of the Android smartphone world for over a year now with their market-leading smartphones such as the Galaxy S and its consequent successor, the Galaxy S II. However their lower end phones have never overly impressed me; so can the Samsung Galaxy xCover (also known as the Extreme in some markets) turn this around?

The Samsung Galaxy xCover comes complete with IP67 certification, meaning it is waterproof in up to 1 metre of water for 30 minutes and is dustproof as well. Backing this up is a previously unseen ARM Marvell chipset with a single core CPU clocked at 800 MHz and 512 MB of RAM.

The most recent of the three tough Androids, with the others being the Motorola Defy series and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active, the xCover comes complete with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Samsung’s TouchWiz UX skin. But how does it stand up in the real world?

Key Specifications:

  • 3.65 inch TN LCD capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 480×320.
  • Gorilla Glass strengthened and scratch resistant display.
  • Water and dust resistant (IP67 Certification).
  • Marvell PXA968 chipset.
  • 800 MHz single-core CPU with the Marvell GC800 GPU.
  • 512 MB RAM.
  • 158 MB of internal storage with available MicroSD slot.
  • Android Gingerbread (2.3.6).
  • TouchWiz UX.
  • 3.2 MP camera with LED flash.
  • VGA video recording.
  • 1500 mAh, 5.55 Wh battery.
  • Weighs 100 grams and is 12mm thick.

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