Mobile Phones Guide
Samsung Unveils the Rugged Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (Update)
*Update on 10/7/2013 2.45 pm: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (Urban Grey) will be available in Singapore from 13 July at a recommended retail price of $898 (inclusive of GST). You can purchase the handset from telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics and IT stores, and Samsung Experience Stores. The Orange Flare model will be available from end July.
*Update on 20/6/2013 11.20 pm: We just spotted the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active on IDA Equipment Search List. It is stated to support 4G LTE, and will be available in Singapore in Q3.
Originally reported on 5/6/2013
It seem as though Samsung has something to announce every week as it just unveiled another variant of its flagship model, the Galaxy S4 Active.
Positioned as a more rugged device, the Galaxy S4 Active has dust and water resistance (IP67), which places it in the same league as the Sony Xperia Z. It sports a fully sealed design to keep dust particles at bay and protects against water damages for up to 30 minutes of submergence at a depth of 1 meter. The 3.5mm audio output jack is also water-resistant.
There are other notable differences in specs between the two Galaxy S4 models. For example, the Galaxy S4 Active features a 5.0-inch LCD display instead of a Super AMOLED. In addition, it has a lower 8-megapixel rear camera.
Due to its new design, the Galaxy S4 Active weighs heavier at 151g and is bigger at 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1mm. Here's a quick look at the two Galaxy S4 models and how the Galaxy S4 Active compares with the Sony Xperia Z: -
|Device||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S4 Active||Sony Xperia Z|
|OS||Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean||Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean||Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.9GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.9GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core 1.5GHz|
(microSD support up to 64GB)
(microSD support up to 64GB)
(microSD support up to 32GB)
|Display||5-inch Super AMOLED||5-inch TFT LCD||5-inch TFT Reality Display|
|Resolution||1,920 x 1,080 pixels||1,920 x 1,080 pixels||1,920 x 1,080 pixels|
Front : 2-megapixel
|136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm / 130g||139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1mm / 151g||139 x 71 x 7.9 mm / 146g|
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active will be available for purchase beginning this summer, with initial retail in the U.S. and Sweden. It is expected to be available in Singapore in Q3 2013. It will be offered in three different color options: Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare. Specific availability will vary depending on the market.
Media requests and invited partners will be offered hands-on demonstrations with the device at the Samsung Premiere 2013 GALAXY & ATIV in London on 20 June, Thursday. We will be there to cover the event live and share our initial impressions of the device.