[INFOGRAPHIC] The History of Ruggedized Samsung Devices

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The Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro launched in the summer. A few weeks after that, the tech giant also released the Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro to the world.

Now, the Korean company takes us on a trip down memory lane to revisit its two rugged lineups.

Samsung Galaxy XCover

Launched in August 2011, the first ruggedized Samsung smartphone had Wi-Fi, an accelerometer, and a Corning Gorilla Glass screen. These features were unavailable on most regular handsets at the time.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 2

The successor arrived in March 2013. It had a selfie camera, HD video recording, and TouchWiz UI 5 on top of Android Jelly Bean.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active

The first ruggedized Samsung tablet was the Galaxy Tab Active. It arrived in late 2014. It had IP67-certififed dust and water resistance for field workers.

It had a Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core CPU, offering decent performance.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 3

In April 2015, Samsung augmented its smartphone series with the Galaxy XCover 3. It had a bigger screen, 4G LTE, and a custom key for rapid app launches.

Samsung introduced its Knox security platform for business users with this iteration.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 4

The XCover 4 arrived onstage in 2017. It had a faster chipset, more RAM and bigger storage.

Samsung brought a military-grade standard via a MIL-STD810G certification for better durability.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2

Three years from its predecessor’s release, the Galaxy Tab Active 2 arrived in fall of 2017. It was an 8-inch rugged tablet with S Pen support, 3GB RAM, and IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s

In the summer of 2019, the XCover 4s arrived. It had a minor upgrade with double the storage and dual-SIM capabilities of the XCover 4.

Samsung Galaxy Active Pro

In the fall of 2019, Samsung took its big-screen rugged devices up a notch.

The Galaxy Tab Active Pro came with a 10nm Snapdragon 670 chipset, 4GB RAM and a 10.1” screen.

It supported Samsung DeX and brought Touch Sensitivity for use with thick gloves.

Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro

The Galaxy XCover Pro arrived in 2020. It had a 6.3-inch screen and better protection against drops from up to 1.5 meters.

Samsung and Walmart made a deal where the retail giant purchased 740,000 units for its associates.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3

The fall of 2020 witnessed the arrival of the Galaxy Tab Active3. It had more advanced features than its predecessors.

Samsung introduced the No Battery Mode for the phone to work without using the battery when plugged in.

It also had Wi-Fi 6 fast connectivity and MIL-STD-810H certification for toughness.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 5

The Galaxy XCover 5  got the latest MIL-STD-810H military-grade protection, an Exynos 850 chipset, and a 5.3-inch screen. It was the first XCover phone to drop the physical keys in front.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 6

The XCover6 Pro is the first 5G smartphone in the series. It has a 6GB RAM and Samsung DeX support.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro

The Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro joins the train of next-gen connectivity due to the Snapdragon 778G chipset.

It has features previously seen only on the XCover devices, namely Touch Sensitivity, No Battery Mode, and an Active Key.

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Author: Francis Rey

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