Samsung Galaxy S4 Active goes official, and it’s not your ordinary rugged smartphone

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Yet another Samsung device has been announced, folks. We’re not sure if Samsung was supposed to be saving all its trump cards for its June 20th event or if they’re just getting all the announcements out of the way ahead of time, but the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active officially joins the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the two new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablets announced within the past couple of weeks.

Thankfully for us, this rugged device isn’t quite as weak as the rumored specs suggested. It’ll be quite close to the Galaxy S4 in that regard, with a 5-inch 1080p HD display, a 1.9Ghz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM an 8 megapixel 1080p HD video camera, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, Android 4.2.2, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and more. Like I said — close, but not quite as powerful as the original Galaxy S4.

Of course, the biggest deal here is the device’s IP67 specification, which means it’s waterproof for up to 30 minutes in up to 3.3 feet of water, dust-proof, shock resistant, can survive extreme temperatures for short periods of time, and more. Samsung has even implemented Glove Touch, a new technology that’ll let you control the device’s display with any pair of gloves.

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Samsung has implemented a new feature in the camera software called “Aqua Mode,” which will enhance the photos of the Galaxy S4 Active for use underwater. The device also boasts some of the standard features present on the Galaxy S4, including Smart Stay, Air View, Air Gestures and more. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active will be available for purchase this summer in the US and Europe. Recent rumors already suggest AT&T is on-board, and we’ll have to see if anyone else is willing to pick this beast up.

Samsung is making quite the bold statement with the Galaxy S4 Active, breaking a longstanding cycle of rugged phones with weak specs. Who says you have to forego a powerful device internally for a device that won’t whimper at the first sign of trouble? Head to Samsung Tomorrow for more details.

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