Need a rugged Samsung smartphone that's cheaper than the S6 Active? The Galaxy Xcover 3 can now be bought via Amazon

Need a rugged Samsung smartphone that's cheaper than the S6 Active? The Galaxy Xcover 3 can now be bought via Amazon
Samsung recently released the Galaxy S6 Active in the US, but only via AT&T. The handset is a rugged, water-resistant version of the regular Galaxy S6, thus being a high-end, expensive product ($694.99 off contract). If you don't have that kind of money to spend, but still need a new rugged Samsung handset, you may consider getting the Galaxy Xcover 3.

Announced and released earlier this year in Europe, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 is now also available in the US via Amazon. Far from being a high-end smartphone, the Xcover 3 is a tough device (MIL-STD 810G-certified), and it's obviously also dust- and water-resistant (IP67-certified). Its features include a 4.5-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels, a 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, 1.5 GB of RAM, and a 2200 mAh battery. The handset is powered by a quad-core Marvell Armada PXA1908 processor, runs Android KitKat, and offers 8 GB of expandable internal memory.

Although it features LTE, the Galaxy Xcover 3 doesn't support the right bands to work on the LTE networks of American carriers. However, it is compatible with the 3G bands of AT&T and T-Mobile. Amazon lets customers order the Xcover 3 for $300 (unlocked). Interested?

source: Amazon

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Galaxy XCover 3
  • Display 4.5" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Marvell Armada PXA1908, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2200 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. waddup121 unregistered

BASED Samsung! Screen resolution shoulda been higher tho

3. LuckySwitz

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Its ppi is enough to 2200 battery. It wil draw more juice if it has a higher denser display.

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Moto G with 720p and ~2000mah gives a decent battery life. Also, this a pentile matrix Amoled so that low resolution is going to be visible even more.

2. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I certainly wouldn't recommend a non flagship Samsung phone to anyone. Those things are horrendous

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Amen +1. The only Samsung that are worth are the high end ones. TouchWiz on lower end phones is still not optimized enough. They tend to go slower and laggier after couple of months. Moto, Sony and Chinese manufacturer offer a much more decent and usable affordable phones. Even the mid-range like Alpha and other A Series phones from Samsung are pretty good. No matter what fanboys like to parrot, Samsung suffered losses because of their mid-low range phones. Their flagship did good with sales. However, with phones like Alpha they are definitely heading in the right direction. That's my two

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

no LTE? FAIL..

5. SASANK360

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 25, 2015

Do not buy this phone. It will not get software updates. That marvel chipset could have been used in a deal for free, as a promotion of marvel. Sammy did that many times with broadcomm, marvel and even Texas Instuments.

8. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Galaxy What?

9. elimartinez7

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 16, 2015

not a bad looking device, but it imo, it would be better to spend money on an unlocked Galaxy s5 Active, as they are a whole lot cheaper now.

10. AusWolf

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 30, 2015

I see this is an old article, but never mind. Is there a chance that operators are going to use 4G bands that this phone can connect to? I'm asking because I'm planning to move to America and I have the exact same phone (Xcover 3).

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