07 Jun Rugged Galaxy S4 Smartphone Announced: Galaxy S4 Active
Samsung is showing no signs on slowing down in the smartphone market.
On the back of the announcement last week of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, a slightly smaller version of their flagship Galaxy S4 handset, Samsung are once again expanding their range with another new product.
Made For The Outdoors
In an effort to get the S4 in the hands of those of you who practically live outdoors, Samsung have announced the Galaxy S4 Active. It features dust and water resistant technology to 1P67 (which is one below the highest possible rating), in addition to sporting a fully sealed design. So what? If your S4 Active manages to find itself going for a swim in a puddle or a stream, it can stay submerged in water one metre deep for up to 30 minutes (and has a waterproof headphone jack). Plenty of time for you to fish it out and keep going.
While the S4 Active can withstand dust and water, there is no mention of impact resistant technology, meaning that the S4 Active is geared more towards the sporty and adventurous among you rather than a super tough smartphone for construction workers or tradies,
Galaxy S4 Vs Galaxy S4 Active
The Active S4, despite the fully sealed designed, is only marginally thicker than the standard Galaxy S4, and retains the ample 5 inch full HD display. The “Glove Touch” feature found in the S4 has been carried across, which allows you to use the phone with gloves on. It also features the 1.9GHz quad core processor found in the S4 and comes with the latest Android OS, Android 4.2.2.
However, in an effort to make it more suitable for the outdoors and the elements, Samsung have opted for a more durable physical Back and Menu button instead of the capacitive buttons. The rear-facing camera has been downgraded slightly from the S4’s 13 megapixel powerhouse to an 8 megapixel one, however, the Active features an “Aqua Mode” that can be activated to capture photos and video with increased clarity when underwater. The active comes with 16GB internal memory which is expandable up to 64GB via a micro SD card.
Samsung Australia has confirmed that it plans to release the Galaxy S4 Active in Australia “later this year” but has not provided any further information.
“Following the global announcement this week, Samsung Electronics Australia is excited to confirm the arrival of the Galaxy GS4 Active in Australia later this year.”
It will be available in Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare.