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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active officially unveiled as waterproof S4 variant

Luke Johnson


Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has been officially unveiled with the previously mooted Samsung Galaxy S4 spinoff bring waterproof ruggedness to its flagship phone.

Landing a little over a month after the original Samsung Galaxy S4 hit retailers, the repeatedly leaked Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has been announced just days after fellow spinoff, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini entered the realms of reality.

“The Galaxy S4 Active is the newest addition to the Galaxy series and is purposefully designed for active users who love the outdoors,” JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung said. “Samsung has taken the innovative features of the Galaxy S4 and added breakthrough protective design elements to create a device that thrives in an active environment and is built for a lifestyle of travel and exploration.”

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Features

Building on the strong, market leading foundations of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active throws an IP67 waterproof, dustproof and drop proof protective coating for those with more demanding needs.

Featuring a fully sealed form factor akin to that of the Sony Xperia Z, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active can be submerged under 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes without threat of damage. The handset is also protected against pesky spilt drinks or unexpected trips to the bottom of the toilet bowl.

Although the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active camera has been dropped to an 8-megapixel offering from the stock handset’s 13-megapixel snapper, thanks to its waterproof capabilities, the Active boasts an Aqua Mode for improved underwater snaps.

Like the original S4 before it, the Samsung Galaxy S4 hosts a 1.9GHz quad-core processor and a 5-inch Full HD display with a stunning 443 pixels-per-inch image density.

Running Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS direct from the box, a second 2-megapixel forward-facing camera makes the S4 Active cut alongside NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and 2GB of RAM. The handset sports a 2600mAh Lithium-Ion battery.

Measuring in at 9.1mm thick and 151g in weight, the S4 Active is 1.2mm thicker and 21g heavier than its sibling. The S4 Active supports all the same software features as its predecessor, with the likes of Dual Shot camera and Smart Scroll available to users.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Release Date and Price

Despite confirming the handset’s existence, Samsung has failed to announce a precise Samsung Galaxy S4 Active release date. The company has, however, stated: "The Galaxy S4 Active will be available to buy in the UK this summer. It will come in three colours, Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare."

Set to be showcased at the manufacturer’s upcoming mobile launch event on June 20, a Samsung Galaxy S4 Active price is also still shrouded in mystery.

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June 8, 2013, 6:20 pm

so, copying Sony's Xperia Z, they're making a water-proof phone, but without the durability of the XpZ's chassis - they've realised that most people are turning off most of the "toys" of the S4 and making it more durable, but with the same screen as the S4, makes it the best of the current generation of Android phones...

if only HTC wouldn't have gone insane with their 4MP camera, while the sensor on the One is good, the image sizes are so small that they ended up looking rubbish on anything but a small screen

Sony have realised that smart phones get damaged too easily and made the XpZ really durable (although it could REALLY have done with wireless charging), but the port covers are the weak point of the phone... Sammy have realised that their Galaxy phones are built too flimsy, and making one water proof really ups the game for them - the "toys" of the S4, with the water resistance offered by the XpZ, giving them what could be the best smart phone ever!!!

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