Samsung’s Galaxy XCover Pro smartphone could make the removable battery hip again

Samsung's XCover Pro hints that the Korean phone maker might be reintroducing removable batteries for its mid range models. — Samsung

Remember when your cellphone’s batteries could be changed out as easily as those in your TV remote? This Samsung smartphone might jog that memory with its removable battery.

Samsung’s XCover Pro is designed as a rugged, mid-range smartphone with pragmatic features including a removable 4,050mAh battery and a body made of plastic, instead of the usual metal or glass.

ArsTechnica reports that Samsung's Nordic division issued a press release on the XCover Pro, together with other previously announced models, but later pulled all information on it.

The redacted release said the phone would go on sale in Finland starting Jan 31, priced at €499 (RM2,261).

It stated that the phone would be powered by an Samsung Exynos 9611 SoC processor and has 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard memory, plus a microSD slot for expandable storage. It runs on Android 9 (Pie).

The XCover Pro’s front facing 13-megapixel camera is built into the display and flushed left, though it appears to have bezels thick enough to accommodate the camera. The rear has a two camera set up with a 25-megapixel main shooter and an 8-megapixel second camera.

Meanwhile, the screen is a 6.3in LCD, instead of Samsung’s usual OLED screen.

The phone has an IP69 water and dust resistance rating and claims to be tested to survive being dropped 1.5 meters.

ArsTechnica reports that another unusual feature is an orange-coloured push-to-talk button on its left side, which is programmable for other functions too.

The tech website notes that though the phone’s release is up in the air, it has been submitted to the US Federal Communications Commission for approval, suggesting a US release is likely.

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