Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Unveiled

Samsung has officially showed off its rugged version of its latest flagship smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has the same features and specifications as its highly-successful yet less-adventurous sibling, such as the yet-unnamed 1.9GHz quad-core processor (which is most likely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, just like the original S4), Android 4.2, and a 5-inch touch screen with 1080p resolution.

The difference lies on some of its hardware. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active sports an LCD TFT screen instead of a Super AMOLED, while its rear-facing camera only has an 8-megapixel sensor. It also has a physical camera shutter button, just in case users take photos while under water. The rugged smartphone even has a unique camera mode called “Aqua Mode,” which supposedly highlights the “visual quality and clarity” of underwater photos.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active also comes with a 2600mAh battery pack and 16GB of expandable internal storage, thanks to the trust microSD card slot. The rugged handset can support both LTE and 3G HSPA+ cellular network standards and will be available in a variety of colors such as blue, gray, and orange.

Speaking of ruggedness, the Galaxy S4 Active has an Ingress Protection rating of 67. In laymen’s terms, it can be submerged under water for about 30 minutes before it breaks down.

No word yet on its official retail debut, but Samsung has invited the press for hands-on testing in London this June 20th.

Source: Samsung Mobile, via Ars Technica

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