Samsung officially announced a low-end phone, which may remind you of the Sonim XP3 Enduro. However, the Samsung B2100 Xplorer is prettier and has got a whole wall covered with endurance certificates, plus it’s easily submersible under water to up to a meter depth. Samsung said that the Xplorer is encased in anti-shock polyurethane material, and can survive immersion in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes. The Samsung B2100 Xplorer body is made out of urethane, which is the same material they use to make roller blades.
In addition to being a quad-band GSM/EDGE candybar device, it has a flashlight on top with a dedicated button to start it, and there is also a memory card slot, which you can use to load up music or download photos from the 1.3 megapixel camera. It’s got noise cancellation with a dedicated microphone and a new vibration setting that makes it vibrate longer and other impressive features that include FM Radio, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 1.77’ 120×160 px color display, USB 2.0, 10 MB of memory and Battery: 1000 mAh. Bluetooth A2DP support is also on board. Special outdoor features of the phone include loud external speakers, a noise cancellation microphone and a bright LED lamp.
The Samsung B2100 Xplorer follows the styling of the Samsung B2700. However, the new Xplorer lacks the 3G capabilities of its elder brother plus there is no altimeter and digital compass either. What you get however is a cheap rugged mobile phone, which comes with shock, water, salt, fog and dust resistance compliant with both the European IP57 certification and the US Military Standard 810F (MIL-STD-810F) much like the Sonim XP3 Enduro.
According to the company’s statements, the phone has been designed to appeal to consumers as much as workers in the field. “The Xplorer is the perfect companion for consumers who enjoy outdoor activities,” said J K Shin, head of Samsung’s Mobile Communication Division in Electronics.
The Samsung B2100 Xplorer will be released in Germany and other European countries in a variety of colors in April this year. There’s no word on its pricing yet, but it should be cheaper than Samsung B2700. In fact, Samsung B2100 price is expected to be below 100 EUR.
source: gsmarena.com; cellphonenews2.com.