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Samsung’s next rugged phone and tablet gets new names and other pre-release details

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While most hardcore Samsung fans might find it hard to think of anything other than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 super powerhouses that the company is expected to unveil in a few months, the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer is clearly working on many other products as well.

Two of these are almost guaranteed to generate a lot of excitement among their admittedly small but incredibly loyal target audience, who are undoubtedly different from today’s ‘mainstream’ handsets and tablets with extra rugged designs.

Yes, it looks like both a Galaxy XCover Pro 2 (or XCover 6 Pro) phone and a Galaxy Tab Active Pro 2 slate are coming out relatively soon, and here’s everything we know about these next-generation rugged gadgets.

What’s in a name?

No, we are not going to suddenly philosophize or get poetic about the meaning and abstract interpretation of product names in the modern mobile industry. Instead, we’ll just report that Samsung seems undecided between Galaxy XCover Pro 2 and Galaxy XCover 6 Pro marketing labels for its upcoming beefy Android device, which may not make much sense… unless you’re familiar with the somewhat convoluted history of this niche lineup.

That explains the large numerical distance between the two possible names, and while the aforementioned Qualcomm SoC isn’t a screamer, we believe the Pro suffix is ​​fully justified here. Compared to the non-Pro XCover 5, also known as SM-G525, this SM-G736U phone that is currently in the pipeline is set to upgrade the RAM count (from 4 to 6 gigs) and the screen resolution.

By the way, the SM-G736U model number suggests a much stronger connection to the first-generation XCover Pro, also known as SM-G715, while also confirming a US release (at least in an unlocked variant) without a doubt.

The Galaxy XCover Pro 2 comes standard with 5G connectivity and an old-fashioned headphone jack, and almost certainly has Android 12 out of the box on the software side.

At least that’s based on the pretty impressive 450 ppi density revealed by Google, which seems to come out at about 5.85 inches in diagonal instead of 6.56 inches at a resolution of 2408 x 1080 pixels. Those numbers aren’t exact, of course, but it’s highly unlikely now that the XCover Pro 2/XCover 6 Pro will offer more than 6 inches of screen space.

Whatever the exact usable size, the panel is guaranteed to have fairly large bezels around it and a slightly outdated waterdrop-style notch, with two unspecified cameras on the back of the phone and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

What’s in a rugged tablet?

Unfortunately, we can only guess what the Galaxy Tab Active Pro 2 will have, as a reliable leaker Roland Quandt is only ready to confirm this device is a “thing”, with absolutely no other details revealed or rumored at this time by any other credible tipster.

Based on that name (which may or may not be final), we can assume that this big guy will take it after 2019’s 10.1-inch Tab Active Pro instead of the 2020 8-inch Galaxy Tab Active 3.
Meanwhile, the complete lack of other information suggests: Samsung’s next rugged slate will be released sometime after its next rugged phone, although we’re sure dedicated fans of these types of devices would appreciate some sort of special event dedicated to the simultaneous announcement of the two. We’ll see what happens of course, but if we were you, we wouldn’t hold our breath and just be happy that Samsung is turning its attention back to this product category in a pretty big way.

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