Samsung’s Xcover line of rugged smartphones and tablets does not adhere to a strict release schedule. A newphone dubbed “Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro 2″ with a reasonably powerful mid-range chipset has been spotted on Geekbench.
Because it is a Pro, it is the successor to the original Xcover Pro, released in January 2020, rather than the entry-level Xcover 5 from last year.
The old Pro had an Exynos 9611 chipset, which was not the most powerful but was still reasonably fast. The Snapdragon 778G, a 6 nm (TSMC) chipset with four Cortex-A78 cores (one of which runs at 2.4 GHz), four A55s, and an Adreno 642L, will power the Galaxy Xcover Pro 2.
It is comparable to an older flagship Snapdragon chipset (such as the 860), but it’s more efficient and supports 5G. Geekbench showed 6 GB of RAM on the unit that ran the test, a 2 GB increase over the original Pro. In addition, the new model ran Android 12.
The original was released in 2020 with Android 11 and One UI 2.0, and it was updated in 2021 with Android 11 and One UI 3.0. The most recent update, the February security patch, was released earlier this month. Android 12 is set to be launched in June.
It’s unclear when Samsung will make the Galaxy Xcover Pro 2 official – these typically launch quietly because they’re primarily aimed at businesses.