Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: Rugged Smartphone with 5-Inch 1080p Display and Quad-Core CPU Goes Official

The rumors mills have been abuzz in the last month or so with images and videos leaking of an alleged rugged version of the Galaxy S4, called the Galaxy S4 Active. Today, Samsung has announced a new variant of its Galaxy S4 – Galaxy S4 Active more suited to the great outdoors.

The smartphone has a high degree of dust and water protection (IP67), allowing it to be submerged in water up to a meter deep for up to 30 minutes. Inside, it has the same 1.9GHz quad-core processor and 2,600mAh battery, nestled behind the same 5.0-inch 1080p LCD screen as its less robust cousin.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Speaking of specifications, Galaxy S4 Active flaunts a 5-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and 443 ppi pixel density. Also, it features the Samsung’s Glove Touch technology, which allows one to use the display even when wearing gloves.

Galaxy S4 Active is powered by a 1.9GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and includes features like an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 2-megapixel secondary camera, 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card and a 2,600mAh battery.

Connectivity-wise, the device supports 3G and includes features like Wi-Fi, IrDA, NFC, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 4.0. On the software front, the smartphone runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean topped with Touch-Wiz Nature UX interface and comes pre-loaded with Samsung unique software seen on the Galaxy S4 like S Travel, S Translator, Group Play, Samsung Smart Pause, Air View and Air Gesture among others.

The USP of Galaxy S4 Active is ruggedness and to help it survive in the wild, the device is water and dust resistant and the camera also has an Aqua mode which helps in clicking enhanced underwater photos.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Specs

  • 5-inch full HD TFT LCD display
  • 1.9GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)
  • 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (11.25GB user memory), expandable memory up to 64GB
  • IR LED, 4G /3G, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n ac, WiFi Direct, GPS, NFC
  • 2,600 mAh battery

The Galaxy S4 Active comes in Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare and would go on sale this summer starting from U.S. and Sweden. It would be showcased at the Samsung Premier 2013 event in London on June 20, 2013 alongside Galaxy S4 mini. 

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