It has been barely a month since the first bits of info about it started to surface on the Internet, but now we finally have definitive proof of its existence. Samsung today officially announced the Galaxy S4 Active, the “rugged” version of its latest flagship Android smartphone. It carries many of the same features flaunted by the original but at the same time, it also comes in a redesigned body that’s meant to make sure it survives all kinds of environments in the wild.
Samsung designed the Galaxy S4 Active to follow the IP67 certification, which means that it is both dust tight and waterproof up to 1m in depth for up to 30 minutes. The press release states that it can handle anything “from the most rugged mountain trails to the roughest rivers.” Yet it’s only just a little over 1mm thicker than the original, and just about 20g heavier in its nearly same-sized body.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active’s main features include a 5-inch Full HD TFT LCD screen (with pixel density set at 443 ppi), an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi ac, NFC, Wi-Fi Direct, irDA, and USB connectivity. Meanwhile, its innards contain a 1.9GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, a number of different mobile sensors, and approximately 11.25GB of user-available memory — at least for the model that is advertised as having 16GB.
Although it is an entirely new phone, it really isn’t that different from its non-rugged counterpart overall. For instance, it will also run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box. And it will be equipped with several exclusive Samsung software features, such as S Travel (Trip Advisor), S Translator, Smart Pause, Airview, Air Gesture, and S Health.
Speaking of exclusive software features, the Galaxy S4 Active will have one unique camera offering to its name: Aqua Mode. This is a new camera setting that is said to “increase visual quality and clarity for enhanced underwater images and video.”
Samsung plans to start selling the Galaxy S4 Active first in the U.S. and in Sweden beginning this summer in three different color options: Dive Blue, Orange Flare, and Urban Gray. It will also be featured at an upcoming Samsung event scheduled to happen in London on June 20, 2013.
What do you think about the Galaxy S4 Active? Did you wait for its official announcement, and if so, was it worth it? Sound off in the comments section below.
Via: Android Authority