Few days ago, there were rumors online that the water-proof Samsung's Galaxy S4 is indeed in the making, and it might hit the shelves starting July. At least that's what The Wall Street Journal is reporting.
There was no rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S3, but there was an S3 Mini. Sadly, despite the name, the S3 Mini wasn't a smaller version of the powerful phone, but a disappointing mid-range phone slapped with the S brand.
It's not yet known just how rugged the phone, which is apparently tentatively dubbed the Galaxy S4 Active, is just yet. But we'd be surprised if it didn't at least match the similarly hard-wearing, four million-selling Sony Xperia Z, which can be submerged under water for 30 minutes without affecting it.
The WSJ also reports that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini will be along around the same time, offering a slimmer alternative to the shrinking demographic of consumers who aren't sold on huge screen-toting handsets.
A Russian technology website, was able to obtain the specs of both the highly anticipated ruggedized Galaxy S4 spin-off - the Galaxy S4 Active - and the Galaxy S4 Zoom.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, will look a lot like Galaxy S4 Mini and will come equipped with:
- 4.3" 540x960px Super AMOLED display
- 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU, no LTE support
- Android Jelly Bean OS
- 8 GB of built-in memory, micro-SD support
- 1.9mpx fron facing camera
- 16 megapixel main camera, with 10x Optical Zoom
- Bluetooth 4.0LE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, A-GPS
- 1900 mAh battery
Galaxy S4 Active is a water and dust resistant version of the main Samsung flagship, with following specs:
- 5" Super AMOLED Full HD display
- Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 2GB of RAM
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
- LTE support
- 16GB of built-in memory, microSD support
- Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, IR blaster
- 2600 mAh battery
Samsung's press event is on June 20, which we are really looking forward to.
First press image of the Galaxy S4 Active complete with AT&T branding has leaked by @evleaks
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active features a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, LTE, it's running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
We are suspecting the Galaxy S4 Active will likely to be released on AT&T on June 6th.
Samsung today 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 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."
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active features a 5 inch Full HD display that "can be fully operated while wearing gloves", Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi Direct, IrDA, Bluetooth 4.0, quad-core 1.9 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of (expandable) internal memory, and a 2,600 mAh battery. An 8MP camera with LED flash can be found on the back, while the front-facing camera is a 2MP one.
The new smartphone weighs 151 grams, and measures 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm, thus being only slightly larger than the regular S4. AT&T should be one of the carriers to offer the handset in the U
Source: Samsung Press Release
AT&T officially announced that it will be launching the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active exclusively in the US. The carrier dunked a unit in water to celebrate, relying on the IP67-certified hardware to keep going.
The handset will be launched on June 21 and you'll have to pay $199.99 for it with a new two-year contract. Pre-orders start on June 14 in case you want to make sure you'll get your unit on time. The handset will be available in Urban Gray and Dive Blue - it looks like the red version won't be available at launch.
New Water and Dust Resistant Galaxy Smartphone is Built to Withstand Whatever Life Throws Your Way
DALLAS, June 13, 2013 - With summer in full swing, you need a phone that can go just about anywhere and endure the demands of an active lifestyle. To help you keep up with whatever comes your way, AT&T* and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announce the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 ActiveTM, an evolution of the popular Galaxy S® 4 designed to withstand the hazards of everyday life.
Beginning June 21, you can pick up the Galaxy S 4 Active from any AT&T store or online for $199.99 with a two-year agreement. For consumers who prefer to place their orders now, AT&T will begin taking pre-orders on June 14 at www.att.com/galaxys4active. The Galaxy S 4 Active will be available in two colors: Urban Gray and Dive Blue.
The Galaxy S 4 Active runs on AT&T 4G LTE, which currently covers more than 200 million people; with plans to expand to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014. AT&T's 4G LTE network was called "blazing fast" in a report** by independent testing organization RootMetrics. The report found AT&T's 4G LTE network delivered the fastest pure LTE speeds in markets where AT&T provided 4G LTE.
"Continuing AT&T's legacy as the first carrier to launch the Samsung Galaxy series, we're excited to offer the next evolution of the popular Galaxy S 4. The Galaxy S 4 Active is a high-performance smartphone with a stylish, protective design to keep up with the demands of everyday life. It's truly summer-proof," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president - Devices and Developer Services, AT&T. "With its quad-core processor and access to the nation's largest 4G network and fastest 4G LTE network you can stay connected nearly anywhere life takes you."
Built For Life
The Galaxy S 4 Active was designed around life. It is IP67 certified to be water-resistant and dustproof***, making it perfect to take on any summer vacation whether it's camping or the beach. It also has an Aqua Mode feature that lets you capture photos and videos underwater. Its 5-inch FHD TFT display is made from Gorilla® Glass, which is specially built to be tougher and more scratch-resistant. It runs Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and comes packed with a quad-core processor for faster, smoother gaming and apps.
But there's more to the Galaxy S 4 Active than its sturdy, more resilient exterior. It also includes high-performance features that let you get more done on-the-go. The 8-megapixel camera includes multiple custom shooting modes, including Aqua Mode and Eraser Shot. It also features enhanced low light performance to help you get the shot you want even when lighting isn't ideal.
The Galaxy S 4 Active has an Integrated Infrared (IR) controller which acts as a TV remote control, so you can use your smartphone to control your home theater system. When you're on-the-go, Samsung Hub gives you access to more music, movies, books and games from multiple content sources all in one place- perfect for passing the time on summer road trips, or even while waiting in line while running errands.
Galaxy S 4 Active includes all the features that made the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 popular including:
- Air ViewTM: Hover your finger over photos, files, links and text for an instant preview.
- Air GestureTM: Skip to the next song or photo, check your notifications or, if you're driving, automatically answer a call on speakerphone just by waving your hand over your phone.
- Eraser Shot: Remove unwanted background distractions in your photos and videos with just one touch.
- Drama Shot: Capture a time-lapse event all in one frame.
- Samsung Smart Pause: While watching a video, if you look away from the screen, the video will automatically pause and wait for you to return.
- Story AlbumTM: Create a printed book of your photos and have it delivered right to your door.
The Galaxy S 4 Active is a master multi-tasker. Features like Multi Window let you use two apps side-by-side like a PC so you can reference your notes while writing an email or follow the game live while checking out your friends' reactions on social media simultaneously.
This smartphone is SAFETM (Samsung For Enterprise) to help keep your work data secure and separate from your personal content. Whether you are in the office or on vacation, the Galaxy S 4 Active balances stylish, professional design with enhanced durability.
Additionally, the Galaxy S 4 Active features an optional Easy Mode that simplifies the home screen with larger icons and your favorite apps.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** Based on availability of AT&T 4G LTE in in 47 markets out of 77 total cities studied; ©RootMetrics®LTE Performance Report, March
*** Water-resistant and dustproof based on IP67 rating. Submersible up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Rinse promptly with water to remove any residue from food, dirt, or other substances.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, the first high-end waterproof smartphone is now available in the UK, a bit later than initially expected.
Customers can buy the handset SIM-free from various retailers, including Carphone Warehouse for £529.95, Unlocked-mobiles £494.98, and Clove UK.
As far as specs are concern, as you may already know, the Galaxy S4 Active has been available in the US since last month, when AT&T launched it, asking $199.99 for it on contract. The handset runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and features a 5 inch Full HD display, 8MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM, 1..9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 16GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2,600 battery.
Source: UK Car warehouse
A South Korean version of the water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S4 Active called SHV-E470S popped up in GFXBench scores.
The benchmark detected a quad-core processor at 2.3GHz with Adreno 330 GPU in an MSM8974 chipset, a.k.a. Snapdragon 800. The score for the off-screen test is 25.9fps, when the Snapdragon 600 version did 16fps, the I9505 Galaxy S4 did 17.1fps and the Snapdragon 800-packing Sony Xperia Z Ultra does 23.1fps.
The Galaxy S4 Active supports IP67 standard for dust and water resistance and features 2GB of RAM, 8MP and 2MP cameras, 5-inch Full HD (1080p) TFT LCD display, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, 2600 mAh battery.