Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 Certified by FCC With 2800mAh Battery, Launch Imminent?

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Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 Live Image
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A new Samsung smartphone bearing model number SM-G398F recently bagged certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. It is being speculated that the device could be launched as the Xcover 5. Last year, the Xcover 5 was even listed on the Samsung New Zealand website briefly. It now appears the smartphone may finally be getting closer to launch as it has just been certified by the FCC in the US.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 Could be Announced Soon

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 FCC filings reveal the smartphone will pack a 10.78 Wh capacity battery, which means it will have an identical 2800mAh capacity battery as its predecessor. On the connectivity front, the smartphone will have Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and support the LTE FDD Band 5. Apart from the battery capacity and connectivity features, however, the FCC listing does not confirm any other key hardware specification.

The rugged smartphone was spotted on the Geekbench database a few weeks back running on an Exynos 7885 octa-core processor, clubbed with 3GB of RAM. However, it is possible that the phone will instead have the newer Exynos 7904 chipset inside. Samsung Galaxy M-series smartphones such as the Galaxy M20 and M30, both of which run on an Exynos 7904 chipset, had shown up on Geekbench with an “Exynos 7885” chipset a few weeks before their formal launch. We can also expect to see a dual-camera setup on the back of the phone, although an alleged live image of the smartphone that surfaced online last year revealed a single rear camera.

While the Xcover 5 may be very similar to the Galaxy M20 in terms of the core hardware specifications, it is not going to be as affordable as the Galaxy M-series smartphone. Just like the Galaxy Xcover 4 from 2017, we expect the Galaxy Xcover 5 to be compliant with MIL-STD-810G standard as well as IP68 water and dust resistance. On the software front, the smartphone might debut with Samsung’s latest One UI, based on Android Pie.

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