Samsung Electronics has unveiled the new Galaxy XCover 5 rugged device designed to meet the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce.

Combining durability to withstand tough work environments and comfort with a sleek and easy-to-grip design, the Galaxy XCover 5 offers improved touch sensitivity for use with gloves and comes with a replaceable battery for all day use.

Enhanced shock absorption enables the Galaxy XCover 5 to withstand drops of up to 1.5 metres and IP68-rated dust and water resistance means it can be submerged in over one metre of water for longer than 30 minutes with complete protection against dust.

The Galaxy XCover 5’s hardware is protected by Samsung Knox, the company’s defence-grade security platform offering true end-to-end protection with security embedded across every single layer of the device, from the chip to the apps.

Equipped with the powerful Exynos850 processor, 4GB RAM and up to 64GB internal storage, the Galaxy XCover 5 also boasts a long-lasting, replaceable 3,000mAh battery which supports fast charging through USB and POGO pins.

The Galaxy XCover 5 comes equipped with a single 16MP (F1.8) rear camera to capture professional-grade images and videos. The Live Focus feature allows the subject to stand out and the 5MP (F2.2) front camera is ideal for video conferencing. With the inclusion of Samsung Knox Capture, enterprise-grade scanning is available at a competitive value, without compromising device performance. Equipped with an NFC chip, the phone can be used as a wallet or transportation card.

The push-to-talk function allows users to stay in contact with a simple push of a button, making it easier for colleagues to communicate with one another. Users can also configure which apps can be launched with the XCover Key – a customised feature that offers single-touch access to the most frequently used apps such as LED flashlight, emergency calls or maps.

Samsung Electronics Australia head of enterprise and government mobile business, Danny Mandrides said the Galaxy XCover 5 is a strong option for Australian businesses seeking a device that can handle demanding workplaces and environments, as well as support enterprise security requirements for up to five years.

“Samsung has invested heavily in developing its rugged portfolio of smartphones and tablets by combining our heritage in mobile innovation, security services through Knox, as well as hardware design and leadership. The Galaxy XCover 5 extends the range further with improved design and specs, as well as the introduction of Enterprise Edition software maintenance,” he said.

“The Galaxy XCover 5 also comes with security maintenance of up to five years, giving enterprises peace of mind when it comes to the longevity and security of the device. Furthermore, with Knox Capture and Knox Suite, the device is not only designed to secure technology for enterprise use, but its barcode scanning tool enrichens the potential use cases and industries it can benefit.”

The new Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 is now available for RRP $449.