The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is official: better than the standard Galaxy S4?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is official: better than the standard Galaxy S4?Hey everyone, it's time to get Active – Samsung Galaxy S4 Active.

Sorry for the cheesy intro, but fact is it's the second new Samsung smartphone release in a week, and as with the Galaxy S4 Mini last week we already knew exactly what we'd be getting.

In this case it's far worthier of the Galaxy S4 name than the Mini is, holding on to most of the good bits in the S4 while adding IP67 weatherproofing and a metal body.

So from the top, it's a 5in 1080p Super LCD display, 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor (the exact same as the S4 in most of the world, as I somehow managed to forget the other day), 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera (down from the SGS4's 13MP) and a 2,600mAh battery. Storage is 16GB or 32GB, with a microSD card slot present for adding more.

The Active bit comes in with the aforementioned IP67 protection – that's full dust protection and the ability to go for a swim in up to 1m of water for half an hour.

The ruggedised metal body (which will come in grey, blue and orange) is unsurprisingly thicker than the S4's 7.9mm, but at 9.1mm it's hardly chunky.

Overall, then, you give up the AMOLED display for a Super LCD, lose a bit on the camera (but gain a new Aqua Mode for underwater shooting), and add a bit of bulk, and in return get a stronger, more resilient handset with protection against the elements and – to these eyes, anyway – far more attractive looks.

No price and availability info yet – that'll no doubt come on the 20th. But who's willing to bet against Samsung spoiling everything by making the S4 Active bloody expensive?

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Stelph  Jun. 5, 2013 at 11:53

Itll stick at least another £100 onto the already very high price I would guess, nice to have a solid option tho

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 5, 2013 at 12:17

At least it looks like a phone and not a shovel.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 5, 2013 at 12:57

Looks good, I'm hoping this might mean there's a rugged Note 3 in the works ;).

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 5, 2013 at 13:07

Without Samsung's AMOLED, this I would actually consider.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 5, 2013 at 13:13

Without Samsung's AMOLED, this I would actually consider.
Yep, no AMOLED, no PenTile (which you already know my feelings about).

As Stelph mentioned, though, I bet Samsung whack a fair premium on this over the already expensive S4.

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