The removable battery feature has been lost and hardly available on the market except for some high end phones. Samsung plans to revive the concept in the XCover Pro, a Galaxy family smartphone that will enter the mid-range handset. The phone is detailed in a press release from Samsung of the Nordic countries, associated with CES, with specifications and images. According to this document, the phone will cost 499 euros and should arrive in Finland on 31 January.
The Galaxy XCover Pro will feature an eight-core Exynos 9611 SoC, four-core Cortex A73 10-core chip, four A53 cores, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage that can expand with the microSD card slot and battery 4050 mAh that can be removed.
ArsTechnica points out that the 6.3-inch LCD screen has a resolution of 2400 × 1000 pixels, an unusual choice as Samsung has been focusing on OLED displays. In terms of cameras, there are two at the rear with 25 and 8 MP and a front with 13 MP sensor. As for software, Samsung has bet on the old Android 9 for this device.
Finally, another outstanding feature of XCover Pro is that it is rugged. In the past, Samsung has created the Active line, but it seems to have been reserved for the high end. In the mid range, the handsets are nicknamed XCover. This model will have an IP69 rating of water, dust and drop resistance up to 1.5 meters.