As was rumored for weeks, Samsung has finally announced rugged version of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone known as Galaxy S4 Active, which is also water and dust proof. This announcement was necessitated to take on with Sony’s Xperia Z, launched couple of months ago and is being promoted extensively with key features of water and dust resistance.
As per Samsung, the fully sealed design of Galaxy S4 Active keeps dust particles out and protects against water damage for up to 30 minutes of submergence at a depth of one meter. Equipped with a water-resistant earphone jack, the GALAXY S4 Active allows you to use earphones even during wet conditions. The phone can also take pictures under water.
The Galaxy S4 Active has a 5-inch Full HD TFT LCD screen (443 ppi) and runs Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS. Its touchscreen can be operated while wearing gloves. The phone is powered by a 1.9 GHz Quad-core processor and has 2GB of RAM. The phone is packed with 16GB internal storage out of which 11.25GB is accessible and also offers a microSD card slot that allows users to expand storage up to 64GB, and a 2600mAh battery.The Galaxy S4 Active is equipped with an 8 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash light and a 2 megapixel front camera.
The GALAXY S4 Active incorporates popular features of the GALAXY S4.‘Samsung Smart Pause’ enables users to control of the screen using optical cues. While watching a video, the video pauses when you look away and starts right up again when returning to view, saving vital battery life and time spent rewinding. ‘Air View’ lets you preview the content of an email by simply hovering your fingers over the screen, which saves time and data. With ‘Air Gesture’, you can change the music track, scroll up and down on a web page, or accept a call with a simple wave of the hand. Additionally, ‘S Health’ helps you keep track of your personal health statistics. When paired with the S Health Accessory, you can monitor your heart rate, weight, sleep pattern and other personal measurements to assist in a healthy lifestyle. ‘S Travel (Trip Advisor)’ offers travel assistance, local information, and recommendations to provide a more seamless experience in an unfamiliar environment. ‘S Translator’ makes international travel easy by providing instant text or voice translation for emails and text messages.
The Galaxy S4 Active will be showcased at Samsung Premiere 2013 event in London on 20th June. The GALAXY S4 Active will be available for purchase beginning this summer, with initial retail in the U.S. and Sweden. It will be offered in three different color options: Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare. Specific availability will vary depending on the market.