Earlier this week, we gave you an early look at Samsung‘s next rugged smartphone, the Galaxy Xcover 7, through exclusive official renders. The images revealed the phone’s design but we didn’t have its specs or a launch date to share with you. While the launch date is still a mystery, a new benchmark listing has given us a few key specs of the upcoming handset.
Galaxy Xcover 7 shows up at Geekbench
The Galaxy Xcover 7 is known to carry the model number SM-G556B. This device has popped up on the popular benchmarking website Geekbench. We can see that the unannounced Samsung phone runs Android 14 out of the box with 6GB of RAM. There may be other RAM variants (Galaxy devices usually come in multiple RAM and storage configurations), but we don’t have any evidence yet.
The Geekbench entry also confirms an octa-core chipset for the Galaxy Xcover 7, with two CPU cores operating at a maximum frequency of 2.2GHz. The other six cores operate at a 2.0GHz frequency. The chipset appears to feature ARM’s Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. As pointed out by MySmartPrice, which first spotted this benchmark listing, this could be a MediaTek processor.
The needle is pointing towards the Helio G99 or the Dimensity 6100+. These are essentially the same chipset, with the latter adding 5G cellular connectivity. So if Samsung decides to ship the Galaxy Xcover 7 with 5G, it will use the Dimensity. If not, the Helio-series chip could power the next-gen rugged Galaxy smartphone. The Korean firm is using the two processors in Galaxy A15 and Galaxy A15 5G, which are expected to break cover in the coming months.
Since these are budget phones, don’t expect a powerful performance from the upcoming Xcover model too. The Geekbench scores of 663 (single-core) and 1,867 (multi-core) already hint at a mediocre performance, though these scores don’t always reflect the real-world performance of a phone. Nonetheless, the Galaxy Xcover 7 won’t be a top performer, certainly not at the level of the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro.
It won’t compromise on ruggedness
Samsung’s next Xcover phone may be a budget offering (in the rugged segment) but it would not compromise on ruggedness. It should boast MIL-STD-810H-compliant build quality, IP68 dust and water resistance, and drop-to-concrete resistance. The device will also feature customizable hardware buttons, a removable battery, and enhanced touch sensitivity. More details about the Galaxy Xcover 7 should surface in the coming weeks as Samsung prepares for its launch.
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