Samsung Galaxy Active Is a Tougher S4
Samsung today announced the Galaxy S4 Active, a semi-rugged variant of its flagship smartphone. The Active has an ingress protection rating of 67, which means it is fully sealed against dust and water. It can be submersed in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes, and includes a water resistant earphone jack so owners can use headphones with their Active even when out in wet conditions. Samsung notes that the GS4 Active's water protection and new Aqua Mode camera features allow it to be used for underwater photography, and the screen can be used when wet or when wearing gloves. Most other features of the Active match those of the regular-issue GS4, including the 5.0-inch HD display, 2600mAh battery, 1.9GHz quad-core processor, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system. The GS4's 13-megapixel camera has, however, been replaced with an 8-megapixel camera in the Active. Samsung said the Galaxy S4 Active will be available for sale in the U.S. beginning this summer. The version announced today supports GSM, EDGE, HSPA+, and LTE networks, but Samsung did not say which carrier might offer the GS4 Active. Pricing was not provided.
The Galaxy S4 Active is a tougher, water-resistant version of Samsung's flagship Android smartphone, and it offers most of the same features. Phone Scoop puts it through its paces in this full review.
Samsung showed off the Galaxy S4 Active, a semi-rugged version of its flagship phone. In some ways, the Active is superior to the phone that inspired it.
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