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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.
Samsung's Galaxy S flagship line, the Galaxy S5, includes dust and water proofing, according to rumors. This is very similar to what we should already see in the Sony Xperiz Z and Xperia Z1. Samsung won't be downgrading the hardware on either device for the rugged variants, which is stark contrast towards the Galaxy S4 Active, which saw its specs diluted in exchange for a tougher and resistant build.
If this move turns out to be more than a rumor, it will likely spell the end of future versions of devices like the Galaxy S4 Active, that is essentially a ruggedized form of the current S4 flagship by having an IP67 dust and water resistance certification. It's unknown what, if any, IP-rating the S5 will feature.
This bodes well for fans of waterproof flagships differently as well, as separate waterproof versions such as the Active often featured inferior specs compared to the original.
Overall, this will be a great move for Samsung. With this in mind, they can stay ahead of Apple and then become the best in the business. This might also go hand in hand with the flexible display and so i wouldn't be surprised. Also, it would be great for users that are very sloppy with their device and drop it often, due to the fact of having stronger glass within the display. In addition, it could possibly be much more sturdy and be made of more premium materials compared to the plastic Galaxy S4.
There were rumors that Samsung might make the Galaxy S5 waterproof. Samsung has previously made versions of the Galaxy S waterproof, but only on the Active line, not the primary S smartphone.
A new trailer for the upcoming Samsung Unpacked event appears to confirm those suspicions that the Galaxy S5 will be able to withstand water.
Take a look at the video below and see what other activities Samsung plans to make Galaxy friendly. Find out more on Monday 24 February at the Samsung UNPACKED event in Barcelona.
The new smartphone from Sony that lets you experience underwater filming in Full HD. The Xperia ZR packs all of Sony's camera expertise into a sleek smartphone and helps you make a splash and share it with just a single touch.
The camera lets you shoot full HD videos, and the device's Exmor RS image sensor lets you take HDR photos and videos, all of which could result in some stunning underwater footage if you're not scared to get a little wet.
The full list of Xperia ZR features includes: HSPA+ connectivity, NFC, Android Jelly Bean, 4.55 inch shatter-proof HD display (1280 x 720 pixels), Wi-Fi, aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 13MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and Sony's Battery STAMINA Mode.
The Sony Xperia ZR has four color versions: black, white, pink, and mint. It will be launched in various markets around the world before the end of June.
Check the video below: