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A Rugged Smartphone to Rule Them All: Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro Hands-On

Posted December 11, 2023
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Our focus today is on an unconventional smartphone for the enterprise, namely the Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro.

The latest rugged model from Samsung is identified as an Enterprise Edition, signifying its appropriateness for corporate usage, especially by employees working in warehouse or industrial environments. The XCover 6 Pro also caters to individuals seeking a robust phone for sports activities or challenging situations.

The base product box includes a USB-C to USB-C cable, while the XCover 6 Pro itself is presented encased in plastic, showcasing its impressive display, light form factor, and thin, yet rugged design.

The XCover 6 Pro possesses a unique design with a singular black color option, complemented by glossy red rings encircling the camera lens and red accents on the top and X Cover key.

Despite common stereotypes about rugged phones lacking aesthetic appeal, the XCover 6 Pro challenges these preconceptions with its harmonious black and red color scheme.

Another characteristic that stands out immediately is the XCover 6 Pro’s distinct tactile surface, reminiscent of rubber which feels softer than a typical consumer smartphone body. This characteristic imparts a sense of additional protection, akin to the phone already being encased in a protective covering.

The detachable battery is also a a clear giveaway that you are looking at a rugged smartphone meant for commercial use.

The exterior of the phone boasts a LED indicator on the top, a volume rocker with a power button on one side, an XCover key on the other side, and a USB-C port with a pogo pin at the bottom, allowing for charging via a docking station. Rounding out the exterior is the power button with an integrated fingerprint sensor for an additional layer of security.

Upon opening the phone to insert the battery, access is granted to the SIM and SD card slots, with a rubber lining on the back cover designed to prevent water intrusion.

The display is slightly smaller than the phone’s overall size, featuring a vibrant LCD screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate. Regarding protective gloves, the touchscreen display is more responsive than anticipated.

After several days of usage, the XCover 6 Pro has the expected weight of a handheld mobile computer, but ultimately feels lighter than expected. Its secure grip and touchscreen round out a thoughtfully designed device for workers on overtime shifts who are scanning and communicating constantly.

To see the rugged smartphone in action and see a full list of detailed technical specifications, have a look at our previous XCover 6 Pro coverage.

Get Your Hands on Your Own XCover6 Pro

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The Connected Associate (Webinar)

Posted October 2, 2023

About this Webinar:

The Connected Associate: Accessing the Wealth of Data and Work Effectively Any Place, Any Time

Thursday, October 12th, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Central

Presented By:

Rocky Rickard – Director of Business Development

Scot Sinnen – Strategic Channel Accounts, Samsung

What to Expect from the Samsung Connected Associate Webinar

From retail workers in stores to logistic drivers on the road and healthcare professionals in hospitals to technicians in the field, associates struggle to access the wealth of available information and communicate effectively with each other. Frontline workers far too often still rely on outdated technology and, therefore, outdated data.

During this webinar, Samsung will share how to empower your team by democratizing data, increasing their productivity and job satisfaction. The speakers will also cover how to provide busy field workers who are constantly on the move with familiar walkie-talkie experience while using a smartphone.

Key Takeaways:

  • What to do to keep teams agile in various verticals, including transportation, warehousing, retail and healthcare
  • Why rugged devices designed to withstand rough environments don’t need to be more expensive, less powerful and bulkier than consumer smartphones
  • How the Galaxy XCover6 Pro push-to-talk technology allows workers to initiate two-way or group conversations with a single press, even when wearing gloves

Watch the full recording below. If you have any questions about what a push to talk solution might look like in your organization, do not hesitate to contact us.

The Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro Streamlines Your Workflow

Posted August 31, 2023
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Need a device that can survive even the most extreme conditions? With the Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro, you’ll be ready for anything.

Built like a beast, without sacrificing beauty. Provide your team the ability to perform multiple tasks any place, any time, with a single device.

Galaxy XCover6 Pro: Built Tough for Commercial Environments

The Galaxy XCover6 Pro’s tough design shields a powerhouse smartphone with high-speed 5G and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. TheXCover6 Pro has an IP68-rated design that resists dust and water1.

The rugged smartphone from Samsung also passed MIL-STD-810H testing2, including a 1.5m (4.9 ft.) drop test. That’s the testing standard designed by the US Military to determine device limitations.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

More can be seen and accomplished on the 6.6-inch screen of the Galaxy XCover6 Pro. You’ll notice a considerable improvement in the clarity and sharpness thanks to the 120Hz fast refresh rate and FHD+ resolution.

The Galaxy XCover6 Pro also tracks your finger motions even when wet or wearing gloves.

For day to day performance, you can program Active Keys to automate recurrent chores at the touch of a single button, access commonly used apps quickly, and even communicate with colleagues in the warehouse with push-to-talk or walkie-talkie functions.

Unmatched Processing Power in a Familiar Package

The Galaxy XCover6 Pro combines octa-core processing capability with 6GB of RAM for quick and efficient performance. Enjoy 128GB of internal storage and expandable storage up to 1TB3.

The Galaxy XCover6 Pro will keep you ahead of the game. The XCover6 Pro supports 5G as well as Wi-Fi 6E4 for high speed connectivity everywhere, at any time. With Knox Capture5, your XCover6 Pro can readily become an enterprise-grade barcode scanner.

Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro Knox Capture Scanning

Simply scan as you would take a picture and the captured barcode data are automatically integrated into your business apps.

Galaxy XCover6 Pro’s removable 4,050mAh (typical)6 battery ensures downtime is kept to a minimum. To get back up and running quickly, either utilize the 15W Fast Charging charger or swap in a fully charged spare battery. The pogo pin also allows you to charge your device quickly and easily.

See the XCover6 Pro in Action

Full Specifications of the XCover6 Pro from Samsung

Dimensions: 168.8mm x 79.9mm x 9.9mm 

Weight: 240g

Processor/CPU: Snapdragon 778G,  Octa Core (4×2.4 GHz, 4×1.8 GHz)

Display: Touchscreen, 1080 x 2408p resolution, 6.6″ FHD+ TFT LCD Infinity-V (6.4″ with corners)

Camera: 13MP in front, 50MP in rear, HDR, Dual-LED flash, panorama, and HD video recording 1080p@30fps

Storage: 128GB, Supports MicroSD (Up to 1TB3)

Connectivity:  5G8, Wi-Fi 6E4, USB-C 3.2, Bluetooth® 5.2, Earjack 3.5mm, NFC

OS: Android 12, with 4 OS updates7

Sensor Type: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Battery: Removable, 18 hours of continuous usage on Wi-Fi, 4,050 mAh capacity6


Video Formats: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

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1 Water resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Rinse residue/dry after wet.

2 These devices passed military specification (MIL- STD-810H) testing against a subset of 21 specific environmental conditions, including temperature, dust, shock/vibration, and low pressure/high altitude. Real world usage varies from the specific environmental conditions used in MIL-STD-810H testing. Samsung does not guarantee device performance in all extreme conditions.

3 MicroSD card sold separately.

4 Wi-Fi 6E availability may vary due to OS version, location, network conditions, and other factors. Requires a Wi-Fi 6E router, sold separately.

5 Knox Suite and Knox Capture sold separately

6 Based on average battery life under typical usage conditions. Average expected performance based on typical use. Actual battery life depends on factors such as network, features selected, frequency of calls, and voice, data, and other application-usage patterns. Results may vary.

7 Availability and timing of Android OS upgrades and features may vary by market. Years of hardware availability and years of security updates are calculated from date of global product introduction.

8 5G network connection available in select markets. Download and streaming speeds may vary based on market, carrier, content provider, server connection and user environment. Check with your carrier for availability and details.