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

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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Galaxy S4 Active
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(15h 3G talk time)

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98 Comments

1. Kurai unregistered

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

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

beauty is in the eye of beholder ! You just don't sell 10million devices for not being 'sexy and elegant' !

55. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 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.

65. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

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

84. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

95. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

96. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 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.

3. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 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

66. ihatesmartphone unregistered

AQUA MODE ON!!

88. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

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

89. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

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

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

this is what the real s4 should have looked like

36. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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?

75. Paradox

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 08, 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.

85. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

87. procol

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 28, 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.)

82. SleepingOz unregistered

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

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Wow !!!!! ........did anyone else notice its an LCD and not AMOLED ?!?!?!?!?!?! slide 6 of 6 ..o.O

53. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

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

6. ashisharbola

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

This is Sweet :D

7. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Aqua mode is ON!!

8. wendygarett unregistered

Shut up and take my money

19. ap2012

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 25, 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!

13. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 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

34. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 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.

49. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

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

39. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

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

70. hmmm...

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 05, 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

14. proto

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

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

21. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

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