Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Xcover 2 – its latest durable mobile device with smartphone capabilities.

Hot on the heels of Sony’s new flagship water-resistant ‘super-phone’, the Xperia Z, Samsung’s latest model is also designed to endure the most rugged outdoor conditions and protect against the elements.

Like the latest Sony model, the Galaxy Xcover 2 is dust and sand proof and is water resistant to a depth of one metre for up to 30 minutes.

Longer battery life and motion detector

Aimed at people who enjoy exploring the great outdoors, the smartphone has an LED flash next to the camera which can be used as a torch and the phone has a battery capacity of 570 hours.

A Samsung spokesman said: “Customers can expect the powerful performance characteristic of a Samsung smartphone with the Galaxy Xcover 2 shell. The intuitive Motion UI understands peoples’ movements and has the ability to overturn and mute incoming calls.”

The device comes pre-downloaded with Google Maps data, an enhanced GPS + GLONASS which shortens the satellite signal detection by up to 20 per cent to track each customer’s location more accurately.

Underwater camera

The Cardio Trainer Pro workout application can also be used to help achieve fitness goals by creating a tailored training program, which checks the user’s progress and records their track and speed.

Owners of the new device can also now take photos under water with the direct camera key and ensure the device is kept safe with its strap holder.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), enabling faster and smoother screen transitions and provides an enhanced user interface, featuring a new, easy-to-use notification panel. Data can also be synced, backed-up and restored with S-Cloud and the handy S Voice lets customers control the phone using their voice

The Galaxy Xcover 2 will be available to purchase in the UK by March.

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