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Samsung's next removable battery phone could be a powerful one (Updated)

Update: Specs leaked.

Published onJune 29, 2022

  • Samsung has published a user manual for the Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro.
  • The manual confirms that the phone has a removable battery.
  • Evan Blass has leaked marketing materials and specs of the phone.

Update: June 29, 2022 (2:20 AM ET): Official-looking images and specs of the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro have leaked courtesy of tipster Evan Blass.

The phone is expected to come with a 6.6-inch FHD+ 120Hz display, a 50MP + 8MP rear camera setup, a 13MP selfie shooter, IP68 water resistance, and a 4,050mAh removable battery. It’s also said to pack 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. You can see the leaked materials in Blass’ tweet embedded below.

Original article: June 28, 2022 (02:46 AM ET): Samsung announced a July 13 launch event for the Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro rugged smartphone and the Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro. We’ve already seen a few details leak for the former device, and now more details have emerged online.

The Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro user manual has been posted online by the Korean brand, bearing the phone’s SM-G736B model number (h/t: SamMobile). The biggest takeaway? Well, it confirms that the upcoming Samsung phone has a removable battery, complete with instructions and images showing how to install and remove it. Check out these images below.

It’s a pretty special release then, albeit not purely because it has a removable battery. A recent Google Play Console listing points to the Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro also packing an upper mid-range Snapdragon 778G processor, which means this will be the most powerful smartphone with a removable battery. The Fairphone 4 seems to have been the previous top dog in this regard, packing a Snapdragon 750G chipset.

Other notable hardware features shown in the user manual include two customizable hardware buttons (an Xcover key on the left and a “top” key), a 3.5mm port, a power button with a side fingerprint scanner, microSD card support, and an ultrawide rear camera.

The manual also mentions features like Single Take mode, Super Steady video recording, and Samsung Dex functionality.

We’ll need to wait until July 13 to get a full look at the Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro, but it’s clear that fans of phones with removable batteries should keep an eye on this one.

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