Though Samsung’s basically skipped past this year’s CES and chances are MWC will get a similar treatment, you can’t say the company hasn’t been the usual busy bee all through January. Granted, we’ve been rather disappointed with the newly unveiled Sammy devices, most of which have felt rushed, underwhelming or plain illogical.

But not the Galaxy Xcover 2. The 4-incher, while definitely not a powerhouse, has actually been quite the pleasant surprise. We’re not fans of rough and tough gadgets that look like they’re on steroids, so seeing a rugged phone with a certain sense of style has been a breath of fresh air.

The spec sheet isn’t half bad either, so it looks like it all comes down to the pricing and release date. As soon and as cheap as this fellow is going to start selling, as big its chances are of becoming the least bit popular.

And now the first official availability details are out. Or rather detail, because the only thing Samsung’s mentioned about the confirmed UK launch of the Xcover 2 is that it’s going to happen “by March”.

It’s not much and it doesn’t surprise us in the least, but it’s something, right? Obviously, “by March” can mean tomorrow or four weeks from now, so better not get your hopes up yet and wait for a more explicit ETA.


Meanwhile, Expansys has officially become the second online retailer to take pre-orders for the phone. However, unlike Swedish website Cdon, the British store doesn’t list a price or expected shipping date, so the folks at Expansys probably don’t know a whole lot more than we do.

Here’s a quick recap of the tough guy’s specs and, if you’re interested in it, don’t forget to check back to us for pricing and availability updates:

  • 4-inch 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen
  • Dual-Core 1 GHz CPU (undetailed at the moment)
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 4 GB of internal memory
  • MicroSD support
  • Scratch-resistant glass
  • IP67 certification for protection against water and dust
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front-facing cam
  • DNSe sound enhancement
  • 1,700 mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz
  • S-Cloud, S Voice, Smart Stay, Samsung Hubs
  • 148.5 grams weight
  • 130.5 x 67.7 x 12 mm dimensions
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