Samsung Galaxy S4 Active officially unveiled

The Samsung Galaxy S4's tougher cousin has arrived – packing waterproof strength with S4 smarts

 

Samsung has officially unveiled its ruggedised version of the Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active.

The toughened-up version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 adds IP67 level water and dust proofing – meaning it can sit at the bottom of your bath for 30 minutes before it needs to come up for air. It also features physical Home, Back and Menu buttons instead of the S4's capacitive buttons – handy for those outdoorsy types who are likely to be wearing gloves while using it.

The phone's innards include a Galaxy S4-style 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (with a microSD slot that'll add up to 64GB), Bluetooth 4.0, a 2600mAh battery and a 5in 1080p display that yields up an impressive 443ppi.

The Galaxy S4 Active only features an 8MP main camera instead of the standard Galaxy S4's 13MP snapper – but it does come with a new Aqua Mode made for shooting underwater pictures and videos. This camera app can be opened quickly and activated using the volume buttons – which can also turn on the LED as a backlight for low-light recording. Round the front there's a 2MP camera for video calls.

The Galaxy S4 Active comes with all the same features as its less macho cousin, including Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Air View, S Translator and S Health.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active will come in Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare later this summer. Expect a firm release date and price to be announced at the official event on June 20th.

 

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