Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Smartphone officially announced

Samsung has finally announced the Galaxy S4 Active – a rugged phone that brings top-end specs but lets you throw it in the bath.

Samsung finally announced the Galaxy S4 Active on Wednesday — a new rugged version of its popular Galaxy S4 smartphone. Photo: Samsung

Samsung Electronics announced the Galaxy S4 Active, designed to enhance life experiences of the active user who wants to stay connected while exploring environments from the most rugged mountain trails to the roughest rivers.

The Galaxy S 4 Active is a variant of the company’s flagship smartphone that is designed to handle rugged situations such as a day at the beach or a hike through a forest.

“The Galaxy S4 Active is the newest addition to the Galaxy series and is purposefully designed for active users who love the outdoors,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

“Samsung has taken the innovative features of the Galaxy S4 and added breakthrough protective design elements to create a device that thrives in an active environment and is built for a lifestyle of travel and exploration.” he added.

Clearly intent on squeezing as much cash out of the Galaxy S4 brand as possible Samsung has overhauled its best-selling flagship smartphone and given it a tougher exterior which includes IP67 dust and water-proof protection and a fully sealed design.

The Active, which will run on the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), can be submerged in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes, so photos and videos can be taken in pools and oceans. The device also comes with a water-resistant earphone jack, so you can listen to music while you’re swimming, too.

In terms of specs the Galaxy S4 Active is almost identical to the Galaxy S4 with a 5-inch Full HD display, 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 2MP front camera and 2600mAh battery, says Tech Radar.

It comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a feature called “aqua mode,” which can bump up picture quality and clarity when underwater.

Samsung’s signature Smart Pause feature also comes to the Active, enabling users to control the screen using optical cues — like pausing video simply by looking away from the screen. Meanwhile, Air View lets users hover over content for previews, and Air Gesture lets users scroll webpages and take calls with a wave of the hand, reports Mashable.

Thanks to the rugged features on the Galaxy S4 Active – which includes three physical buttons below the screen – the handset measures a slightly porkier 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm and tips the scales at 151g, 21g more than the Galaxy S4.

Samsung has not announced when the device will launch in the U.S., but it will showcase the Galaxy S 4 Active on June 20, and perhaps give out more details, at an event it has planned in London.

The company hasn’t been shy about cranking out different versions of its flagship phone. Just last month, Samsung announced a not-quite-Nexus edition with stock Android 4.2 software, and earlier this week launched the Galaxy S4 Mini — a 4.3-inch device with a Super Amoled display and a meager 8GB of internal storage.

So far there’s no word on price or availability for the newest addition to the family.

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