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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is official: thin waterproof 5" Full HD goodness

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is official: thin waterproof 5
Samsung isn't leaving much for its June 20th London event, it seems. After announcing the Intel-powered Galaxy Tab 3 set, it now made the rugged Galaxy S4 Active official.

We've been hearing about the toughie for a few months now, and those of you who expected the same specs in a rugged chassis won't be disappointed, as the "S4" in the title seems to be real, not for brand recognition purposes.

We get a 5" 1080x1920 pixels Full HD LCD display in a 9mm thin phone, a quad-core 1.9 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 MP camera on the back, LTE/HSPA+ radio, infrared beamer, 16 GB of internal memory plus a microSD slot, a decent 2600 mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2 to run it all, with all the goodies of the latest TouchWiz Nature UX.

The outdoorsy features don't stop with the IP67 certification, making the phone dust- and water-proof up to three feet deep for up to 30 minutes. Samsung has thrown in the "Glove Touch" mode, which lets you operate the display with mittens on, and the "Aqua Mode" in the camera app interface, which helps make better underwater pictures and video. Long-press the volume key up, and the powerful LED light becomes a torch, and that same volume rocker down can be used as a camera shutter key directly from locked mode.

As for availability and colors, here's the scoop: "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."

No pricing details were announced today, but the phone will be previewed at the June 20th London event of Samsung, and we've heard it's coming to AT&T, so you'll be able to snap it affordable on contract pretty soon.

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posted on 05 Jun 2013, 03:42 14

1. Kurai (unregistered)


wow it looks sexy and elegant unlike it's s4 sibling. . .

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 03:49 34

11. tech2 (Posts: 2015; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


beauty is in the eye of beholder !

You just don't sell 10million devices for not being 'sexy and elegant' !

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 05:45 4

55. rantao333 (Posts: 230; Member since: 21 May 2013)


u dont need to be sexy & elegant to sell 10 million units, u just ask the carrier to stock up.

BTW, this s4 active is more promising than the regular s4 which is with useless gimmick.

even the design is far more better.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 06:42 2

65. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


S4 is more elegant for me,and S4 Active still is plastic-fantastic . What I like is sd card slot and removable battery.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:16

84. tedkord (Posts: 4641; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They don't sell just because the retailers stock up. They stocked up on WiiU. They sell because they offer what consumers want.

As for your second comment, it's the exact same phone with a different exterior. I know looks are the most important feature to some, but not to all.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 21:37

95. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Why doesn't Samsung just make one version and put all the features in there instead of making so many versions. Ridiculous.

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 02:24

96. sniperdroid (Posts: 118; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Because they get that we're all different and so they tailor goods to suite a majority of users otherwise it'd be just like the iPhone.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 03:44 17

3. ianbbaa (Posts: 196; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


wow..they kept IrDA, Btooth 4.0 LE..NFC as well...physical buttons - i like as well...the overall look??? well, it is phone to last some "heavy" handling...so do not care so much...this one i will get when my Note1 dies...i find it even better then original S4

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 06:44 4

66. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


AQUA MODE ON!!

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 12:09

88. jonartpop (Posts: 155; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


The physical buttons are not right & make it ugly tbh.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 12:09

89. jonartpop (Posts: 155; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


The physical buttons are not right & make it ugly tbh.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 03:44 17

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1334; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


this is what the real s4 should have looked like

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:47 3

36. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


True.

Any idea how are they gonna waterproof the back if it's still removable? There's the regular hole for your finger to remove the back plate. Won't regular removal be an issue later for waterproofing?

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 08:04

75. Paradox (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Probably like on the xperia active. If you want to see how it works, go to youtube, type in "sony xperia active" and watch the video titled "Sony Ericsson Xperia active - test odolnosti" from 3:55 to 4:30.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:17

85. tedkord (Posts: 4641; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


My coworker has a waterproof Samsung Rugby. The removable back screws on. Probably the same concept.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:57

87. procol (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


GSM Arena posted preview with more pictures. Pictures will let you understand how. (I can't include the url because I'm newbie here.)

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 09:28 1

82. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Minus the front buttons, home button à la original GSIV looks way better..

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 03:45 7

5. tech2 (Posts: 2015; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Wow !!!!! ........did anyone else notice its an LCD and not AMOLED ?!?!?!?!?!?!

slide 6 of 6 ..o.O

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 05:33

53. zig8100 (Posts: 120; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


The Article also says its a LCD. Must be RGB STRIPE layout also. No pentile and brighter. If true I want this phone.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 03:47 11

6. ashisharbola (Posts: 61; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


This is Sweet :D

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 03:47 9

7. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Aqua mode is ON!!

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 03:47 19

8. wendygarett (unregistered)


Shut up and take my money

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:09 14

19. ap2012 (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Samsung ftw!!!Samsung,just take all my money. You are the best!!!I'm a die hard Samsung fanboy and I love the company very much!

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 03:53 11

13. pyradark (Posts: 767; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


too bad its only IP6 compare to Xperia ZR IP8 with dedicated shutter button for camera
while Xperia Z is 7.** mm in thickness. but praise the premium materials they use for this phone

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:41 3

34. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Tip # 1....did you know that since S3 and Note 2 an alternative camera shutter button existed?...yes. the volume rocker is the alternative camera shutter button for S3,s4,Note 2,Note 8 &10.1.....go to Camera>settings>Use the volume key as>zoom or camera shutter.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 05:15

49. pyradark (Posts: 767; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


thanks for the tips
still the IP6 is not meant for more underwater endurance

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:53 3

39. serge327 (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Sony Xperia Line smartphone always nice design than another brand! Samsung just OMG ugly in design.. but software features is good!

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 06:49 3

70. hmmm... (Posts: 55; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


S4 active is Ip67. And XZR is Ip58. the first number is for dust and second number is for water. compared to XZ. samsung has the same water rating as Z but better dust resistance than Z. Compared to XZR, S4 active is still better at keeping dust out but lose to the XZr in terms of water resistance. The 8 doesn't mean much. As long as an item can go further than 1m for 30 min, then it get's and 8. in XZR case it is 1.5m as opposed to XZ ans S4 active's 1m. Even if it was 1.1m it would still get the 8. 6 is the highest certification for dust and 8 for water if i remember correctly. So even if a phone can go to the depth of 50m it will still get the same 8 as a phone that can only go 1.1m deep. So both XZR and S4 active have their own advantages

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 03:54 15

14. proto (Posts: 50; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


if it will takes good photos (At least like S3) it will be still better then xperia Z....

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:17 5

21. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Yeah I think it'll get the S3's sensor. The camera unit is definitely smaller than on the S4 due to the certification it has to go through, so there was no point giving it a 13MP shooter that's simply terrible on the Z. I guess it's the lens that has to be different to absorb water pressure.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:55 1

41. anleoflippy (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


It's not because of the lens actually that the camera on the Xperia Z/ZL is terrible. It's because of the camera software that makes the Z look bad. However, the last minor software update has fix the camera software algorithm and produce better pictures than before. But minor problems are still there. Also, Samsung actually uses Sony's lenses in their smartphones but Samsung made it better because of their software.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:01 1

16. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


But will it take a hit better than the S4?

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 05:13 2

48. pyradark (Posts: 767; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Nope, bcoz people will prefer XZ due to its looks
but still S4 will dominate, not sure how will it last??
80M for 2013 hahahahaha

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:07 6

18. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 158; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I like the back design on this phone 100x more than the one on the original S4. The front buttons... not so much, but it makes sense since the capacitive buttons don't work well underwater.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 09:27

81. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Agreed! That's the only thing I don't like about this device but well, it's supposed to be a rugged phone, so..

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 18:03

93. papss (unregistered)


Also agree.. I really don't want any buttons on the front unless they are capacitive but the phone looks really nice

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:14 3

20. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2430; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Sony should sue! copy cats! that's all they ever was and dats all they'll ever be

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:21 13

23. wendygarett (unregistered)


And why are you here?

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:25 2

25. ap2012 (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Because he's not there

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:26 7

26. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


You are truly ugly xperia troll!!!!!!

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 05:58 1

57. tech3 (unregistered)


Shut up you poop!

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 06:15 3

60. tech2 (Posts: 2015; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Okay, WTF ! Who are you ?

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 06:21

62. tech3 (unregistered)


WTF?! Who are you?

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 06:38 3

64. tech2 (Posts: 2015; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I'm absolutely willing to bet my life that its you, xperiaDROID !

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 06:47

69. tech3 (unregistered)


Who the hell is xperiaDROID?

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 20:43 1

94. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)


LOL at this.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:34 6

30. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Hahaha a waterproof phone.....omg ....Sony completely invented that....http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-co​mmunications/mobile-phones/sharp-brings-the-world-​s-first-waterproof-solar-powered-mobile-593353....​.ohhh wait sharp invented that in 2009....don't hate with no reason mate! Idiot...

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 09:07 3

78. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Butthurt much, sony fanboy? You better be.. =]
'coz this will steal a lot of customers from Sony! AHAHAH

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 12:32

90. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Actually if anyone should sue it should be either Casio (first rugged waterproof phones) or Motorola (Defy a waterproof smartphone). They were doing that long before Sony.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:25 1

24. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yeah, but you're still not going to want to drop it. Note that there's no indication that it can handle more physical punishment than the normal S4.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:47 4

37. askbingask (Posts: 22; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


sg 4 , sg 4 mini, sg 4 active next what sg 4 rest, sg4 lazy

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:58 1

44. serge327 (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Also S4 super, S4 F**K, S4 Suck, S4 Die, S4 OMG.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 05:34 6

54. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Dude, you're awfully lame!

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:58 3

45. saenaedewe (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2013)


Samsung is flooding the market with its products, of which will eventually give Samsung a larger share in the smartphone market

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 06:46 4

67. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


well tbh i think 95% is pretty large anyway.....

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 05:30 1

52. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Old Joke dude.......

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:56 1

43. serge327 (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


I will say No to this, i will wait for SONY Honami or Samsung Note 3, see which can attract me in Hardware, camera, and design. then can take my money! hehe

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 07:40 1

74. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6376; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


U gotta have a open mind. Sometimes best too wait instead of rushing n buying any new flagship phones. Think I'll upgrade too this from my Xperia GO.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 05:28

51. zig8100 (Posts: 120; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Its a LCD and not AMOLDED! Maybe due to viewing in the Water , Bright Sunlight. Hope its true and brighter then AMOLDED. Wonder if its a RGB Stripe layout also?

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 05:54

56. selena1000 (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


a little thinner with no or not so ugly physical buttons and you have the best device samsung has ever made

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