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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  1. Wow, I don’t want it but wow, nice specs for a rugged phone

  2. bout time

  3. Hmm this finally may make my wife leave her fruity phone. She’s been oogling my S4 for the past 2 weeks :) / Now the only issues are, is it coming to Big Red? Can it survive drops from approx 4 feet (face down/ angles etc)? The existing phone she has is in a LifeProof case, which has saved her precious glass enacsement many times over. Putting the S4/ S4a in a case like that turns it into a tank :) [way too big for her]

    1. Oh she’ll take it

  4. I may not get it, but it’s definitely interesting. Maybe this is the beginning of all phones being water and shock resistant.

    1. I hope so. We rely on our mobile devices more and more these days. Making most of them weather proof makes sense, especially seeing where we use our phones.

  5. These features should be standard for all mid to high end phones from here on out. I mean really, what normal consumer wouldn’t want these features. Can you imagine the commercial they could have ran if the S4 had these as standard?

    1. Another broadway show? No thanks! I already felt embarrassed enough with what they did… but I do wish my Galaxy S4 was rugged!

      I wouldn’t be wearing a case like I do at the moment and I would use it in a rain!

      1. Or swimming.

  6. If Verizon offers this, I might get it instead of the DEd. I was worried that its internal specs would be lesser than the vanilla S4, but I’m glad they share a lot in common. Even at 8mp, the camera should still be far superior to my Droid Bionic (or any Moto Droid for that matter).

  7. Waterproof, dust-proof, shock resistant, but if you drop it on the screen it will break like any other phone. Still needs a case or at least a glass screen protector. Glad to see more rugged phones though.

  8. watch apple saying this look exactly like an iPhone, hahaha!!

  9. A durable phone? That’s crazy talk! Said the guy whose Nexus 4 back glass was shattered a week ago…

    1. Hehe…I’ve been staring at a cracked, er, shattered Galaxy Note LTE screen since about December. I have two pieces of 3M Scotch tape across the top edge and left edge, as those two spots had pieces wanting to fall out. Screen still works just fine, though. I’ll give Sammy that much.

  10. Will It Blend?

  11. Putting a rugged phone on AT&T is like training your Toy Poodle to be an attack dog. Hopefully this comes to Verizon or I’m getting the new Casio.

    1. Casio?! Why you wanna buy watches instead of a phone? :))))))))))))

  12. This should be standard for all flagship phones. Hoping the Note 3 has this type of ruggedness.

  13. Sounds good.
    Besides the camera, the other shortcoming is the TFT LCD Display.
    Maybe they’re trying to balance a few things to try and sell the S4 and S4 Active at the same price (don’t know how much it costs).


    1. Funny, that makes me want it more than if it were AMOLED.

    2. TFT LCD may not look as nice as AMOLED, it does better on direct Sunlight. Since it is aimed for active outdoor use, it should server its purpose nicely.

  14. Bad Ass! I want this, more than the normal GS4.

  15. Does it leave some S4 owners in grief? hehe

  16. now THAT is a phone…. if on verizon i will pick over the S4

  17. Come join this awesome community of Galaxy S4 owners!


  18. Wow are they going to make a note 3 active?

  19. Can that back be unscrewed to access the battery and a micro sd card slot?

  20. Nice to see them offering these alternatives with a little closer to top end specs. Always thought it sucked that if you wanted something rugged, or a smaller sized device it required getting gimped hardware.

  21. I have to tip my hat to Sammie for blazing the trail once again. Here’s to innovation!

  22. Does “Glove Touch” also mean “pocket touch” This same kind of technology has been used and aborted before because you “BUTT DIAL” for pun. If you can use any gloves, that means if your face is towards your leg in your pocket, you have the potential to unlock your phone and call or launch apps. Or even in the diminished sense, keep your screen on at all times. The note 2 screen can be turned on by pressing the home button. That mixed with ripples instead of swipe to unlock will unlock your phone while in your pocket.

  23. It looks great, but I’ll stick to my original with an otterbox, eventually waterproof cases will come along for it, Great concept though… maybe the future of mobile phones? (I’m sure iPhony will do it next lol)

  24. Still love my Torque from sprint, got it in a Ballistic case and it’s like a tank, love the battery life, anywhere from 7 to 9 hours if I’m roaming to 17 hours in network.

  25. This is probably the first Samsung phone design that I actually like. They did away with the single button in the bottom which is so iPhone and went with the 3 physical buttons that are purely Android. But looks is one thing. I still hate their UI. If this comes with Stock Android, I’d probably buy it.

  26. Now just give it the nexus experience!

  27. Now Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is official and users want it over normal Samsung Galaxy s4 because it is a water proof phone. And going to release by the end of this month.


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