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June 5, 2013

Samsung officially announces the IP67 Galaxy S4 Active


After numerous leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has finally been officially announced by Samsung.

The most notable feature of the new smartphone is the addition of IP67 certification for dust and water protection, thanks to the newly-designed body. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is able to capture underwater pictures with its 8MP camera, and there's even a special "Aqua Mode" that will "increase visual quality and clarity for enhanced underwater images and video."


Apart from the camera downgrade, you also get an LCD display rather than the Super AMOLED found on the vanilla Galaxy S4. Everything else is in large part the same as the I9505 Galaxy S4: the 1080p display measures 5 inches and there's a 1.9 GHz quad-core Krait processor under the hood. The 16 GB of memory are expandable via the microSD card slot, while the 2 GB of RAM will enable trouble-free multitasking.


LTE, IR-port alongside the latest wireless ac band and NFC, complete a perfect connectivity combo. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is powered by a 2600 mAh battery.
   
The smartphone runs on the latest Android 4.2.2 release, which comes with Samsung's Air View and Air Gestures, and the S Health fitness and WatchON IR apps.


As far as measurements go, the Galaxy S4 Active is slightly larger and thicker than the original, coming in at 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1mm (compared to the 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm on the vanilla Galaxy S4). The weight has also gone up by 21 grams to 151 g.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Active will go on sale in the summer in Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare color versions. Samsung is remaining vague on exact pricing, but it did say initial markets would be the US and Sweden.

Source: Gsmarena.com