It’s totally true that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are fantastic smartphones. It’s also true that they’re on the more fragile side of things and I certainly wouldn’t feel comfortable whipping them out under more extreme conditions. For that, you might turn to the much more rugged and astronomically more affordable Samsung Galaxy XCover 4.

Reportedly on its way to Freedom Mobile later this week, the Galaxy XCover 4 is about as rough and tumble as smartphones go these days. It’s go the IP68 certification, so you can go ahead and dunk it for up to 30 minutes under as much as 1.5 meters of water.

See all that ruggedized protection around the outside? That’s because this phone also has MIL-STD 810G certification, a military standard for toughness in extreme heat and cold, as well as for dust, drops, and more. Unlike the S8, the Galaxy XCover 4 has physical buttons along the bottom. You can even use the touchscreen with gloves if you crank up the sensitivity.

Just don’t expect world class performance while you rough it out at a construction site. Behind the 5-inch 720 display is a quad-core Exynos 7570 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, microSD expansion, and a 2800mAh battery.


Freedom Mobile has the Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 listed at $320 outright and it’s eligible for the $200 MyTab bonus. This means if you get a monthly plan that’s at least $40, you can nab it for $0 down with a $5 monthly tab payment starting this Thursday. The phone should be showing up at Bell this Friday too, presumably for a similar price.

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