Samsung Galaxy XCover 3

Samsung Galaxy XCover 3

Pros

No pros

Cons

  • Thick body (0.39 inches)
  • Too little RAM (1.5 GB)
  • Low pixel density screen (207 ppi)
  • Low-resolution camera (5 megapixels)

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Description

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 is a relatively compact device suited for use in extreme conditions. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Xcover 3 is IP67-rated, signifying its dust tight structure and its ability to withstand ingress of water for up to 30 minutes at up to 1 meter deep. Unlike the Xcover 2, however, the Xcover 3 is also MIL-STD 810G-certified, meaning that it should be capable of withstanding very high or very low temperatures, and survive drops with ease. In terms of the hardware Samsung has packed within the sturdy body, we're looking at a 4.5-inch display with a lowly resolution of 480 x 800, a 1.2GHz, quad-core Snapdragon processor with support for LTE and 1.5GB of RAM. The company has also included a 5-megapixel/2-megapixel camera combo, 8 gigs of microSD-expandable storage, and a 2,200 mAh battery pack.

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Display

  • Display size:
    • 4.5 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 480 x 800 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 207 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:

    Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

    • 61.89 %
  • Features:
    • Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camera

  • Rear:
      • Yes
  • Main camera:
      • 5 megapixels
      • Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
  • Flash:
    • LED
  • Video recording:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front:
      • 2 megapixels

Design

  • Dimensions:
    • 5.23 x 2.76 x 0.39 inches (132.9 x 70.1 x 9.95 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 5.43 oz (154 g)
      the average is 5.9 oz (169 g)
  • Resistance:
      • Water, Dust, Shock, Vibration, Temperature
    • IP certified:

      IP certified - The IP code indicates the degree of protection against dust and water. The first number represents dust protection, while the second represents water protection. In IP67, for example, 6 means a completely dust-tight device, while 7 means the device can stay immersed in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. In IP68, a higher level of water protection is expected, but exact numbers aren't specified: both depth and continuance are specified by the manufacturer on per device basis.

      • IP 67
    • MIL-STD-810 certified:
      • Yes
  • Colors:
    • Gray

Hardware & Performance

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Marvell Armada PXA1908
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53
  • GPU:

    GPU - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

      • Vivante GC7000
  • Memory:

    Memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

      • 1.5 GB
  • Internal storage:

    Internal storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

    • 8 GB
  • Maximum User Storage:
    • 4.96 GB
  • Storage expansion:

    Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

      • up to 128 GB
  • OS:
    • Android (4.4.4)

Battery

  • Capacity:

    Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

    • 2200 mAh
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 10.00 hours
      the average is 22 h (1314 min)
  • Music playback:
    • 85.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 10.00 hours

Cellular

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • LTE (FDD):
    • Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20
  • Data:
    • LTE, HSPA, HSUPA
  • SIM type:
    • Micro SIM

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
    • Mobile hotspot:

      Mobile hotspot - Turns your phone into a Wi-Fi access point to which other Wi-Fi-capable devices can connect. These devices can then access the internet via your phone's data connectivity.

      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Location:

    Location - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. The most common types are GPS and A-GPS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization.

    • GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
  • Other:
    • NFC, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Phone features

  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass
  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Other features:
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording
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Multimedia

  • Screen mirroring:
    • Wireless screen share
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 26 Feb 2015
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        A3LSMG388F link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - Working closely with federal health and safety agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FCC has adopted limits for safe exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure that their phones comply with these objective limits for safe exposure. Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

    • Head:
      • 0.86 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 0.80 W/kg
    • Simultaneous Transmission:
      • 1.01 W/kg
    • Wireless Router:
      • 0.77 W/kg

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This device is also known as Samsung SM-G388F



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