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.
Huawei is trying hard to get pass with the image that it only producing cheap and low-cost phones, which involving competing with established brands such as Samsung. Huawei Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate occupy the high-end phone market, the Ascend G520 is aimed at the more affordable scale, while still offering some of high end features.
The Ascend G520 also comes with an unspecified version of Android (but at least 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), a 4.5-inch IPS touchscreen of unknown resolution, a 5 MP rear camera, and 512 MB of RAM. That's a bit disappointing, sure. Then again - you are getting a quad-core phone for little over 200 dollars unlocked.
The G520 pictured above comes with China Mobile's logo on it, as you can see. And it's unclear at this point whether this device will ever make it to any other country.