“The model number SM-G398F spotted on the FCC is very similar to last year’s Xcover 4 model”
Samsung‘s rugged phones are sold under the Xcover moniker and the latest was the Xcover 4 back in April 2017. But it looks like the chaebol has plans to upgrade the series after a long time. The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 has reportedly appeared on the FCC portal and Geekbench as well, which signals its launch could be close.
The model number of the handset SM-G398FN/DS has appeared recently on FCC and this model is likely to be the Xcover 5. Its battery is likely the same as the previous-gen model which is 2,800mAh as the FCC filing mentioned a 10.78 Wh battery at 3.85 Volts. But that’s pretty much it for the FCC documents. Since the listing does not explicitly state the model number to be for the Xcover, we would be wary of jumping to conclusions. However, the Xcover 4’s model number was SM-G390F which is similar to this model here.
As for the Geekbench register, the benchmarking portal showed the same model number mentioned above and it reveals an octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. It’s running Android Pie. The processor is likely the Exynos 7885 and this has been the first spotting of the handset on the benchmark platform. It’s also worth noting that it could launch under a Galaxy Xcover 4s moniker as was witnessed at Dutch retailer Centralpoint with the same model number SM-G398. That said, there’s no official information regarding the handset’s release as of now.
The Galaxy Xcover series usually comes with a rugged design and strong metal casings over the chassis. It has IP68-certified and MI-STD-810G ratings that make it a tough handset capable of surviving worse weather conditions.