Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 Review

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4

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Call quality & battery life

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 Review

A rugged phone often requires some compromises – in this case, call quality is what suffers most. The earpiece is loud but not really clear, while the microphone is a bit on the quiet side.

On the other hand, battery life is particularly impressive: the removable 2,800 mAh battery can last very long, thanks to the small-resolution screen and the low-power CPU: in our own benchmark, the Xcover 4 lasted an impressive 10 hours and 43 minutes. However, charging took more than 2 hours (132 minutes, to be exact), which is far from ideal.


Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 Review

So the big question that remains is: whom is this phone designed for? Essentially, it’s people who need a basic device that can withstand a ton of abuse – a tiny niche, but apparently still large enough for Samsung to want to fill it every other year.

And for what it is – an entry-level device with rugged exterior – the Xcover 4 is amazing: it’s comfortable to hold, sturdy, and thanks to the progress of Android, entirely usable even with its weak specs. So if you’re the target audience for such a phone, its asking price of €259 (about $290) may well be worth the experience you’re getting in return.


  • Resistant to water, dust, and other harsh conditions
  • Extremely comfortable to hold
  • Comes with Nougat out of the box


  • Performance gets choppy under heavier load
  • The Xcover key doesn’t work when the screen is off
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Display5.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi) TFT
Camera13 megapixels
Samsung Exynos 7 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
2 GB
Size5.76 x 2.89 x 0.38 inches
(146.2 x 73.3 x 9.7 mm)
6.07 oz  (172 g)

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