Samsung says that a rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is on the way

Samsung says that a rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is on the way
If you are thinking about purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S4, but your propensity for dropping handsets in the toilet is holding you back, Samsung hears you. According to Young Soo Kim,the President of Samsung Gulf, a waterproof  "rugged" version of the next Android flagship model is just weeks away from being introduced. Kim's comments came in response to a question during a Q&A session held after the Samsung Galaxy S4 was introduced in the region.

The Sony Xperia Z received a lot of attention during CES for its water and dust resistant feature. Many of the more recent Motorola models have been treated by P2i and can withstand a splash of water or a spill. During MWC, we were able to bring you a great demonstration of what the future of waterproofing could be for smartphones. Instead of having a waterproof coating applied and paid for by the retail buyer of a phone, P2i is paid by the manufacturer and the device comes out of the box resistant to water. Interestingly, the phone used in the demo is the Samsung Galaxy S III.

There are still a ton of questions related to a rugged Samsung Galaxy S4, such as pricing, and which markets we might see such a device launched in. But this does give hope for all of those uncoordinated people just dying to own the Samsung Galaxy S4, but afraid of spending the money for a phone that they probably will drop more than once.

source: Techview via AndroidCentral

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1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Galaxy SIV Super Plus?

5. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Brown Samsung Galaxy S4 toilet edition. Waterproof, Antibacterial and Anti corn/pea/peanut coating.

7. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

anti troller like u lol

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You just scored a new benchmark score for hate-tuantu.

14. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S4 Videotest vs Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5 vs Xperia Z, Galaxy S3 Who has the best quality?

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Could you tell me please, what your reply to Nathan_ingx's comment has to do with Nathan_ingx's comment? Because your reply in view to Nathan_ingx's comment is offtopic, or it is just a unsuccessful attempt to troll?

51. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm afraid only (s)he has the answer.

59. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think that we also know the answer, it was just lame attempt to troll. :)

60. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I was kind of leaving a suspense in the air :)

48. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

I bet the galaxy s4 will be chunkier, uglier and heavier with the galaxy x-cover like design. Sooooooo UGLY

49. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Strange that you come from a place where one can 'bet' even after the phone specs are released !!

2. thethird

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I say samsung is really catching up in terms of what people say about their build quality. First HTCs metal body and now Sony's waterproof device. They really sure are bothered (samsung) now. Although this is a proof of awareness. Go Sammy! BRING IT ON [+]

3. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Hmmm, this might pull me away the the One if I can't keep myself to wait for the motorola X. It would be nice to have a rugged phone where I dont have to worry about water or dirt when I got backpacking in the wilderness

4. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 619; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Will it have the Exynos chip ? ... Take my money.

6. Meleagru

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

Rugged phones aren't for clumsy people, they are meant for people that work in punishing environments. Not everyone works in an office and some people need to be able to use a smartphone in wet conditions or in places where a normal phone might get damaged just by virtue of doing a day's work.

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Sweet. if the XPERIA Z don't lands on AT&T I'll settle for the RUGGED GS IV. Glad I waited for this news

10. mydi.maus unregistered

it wont match xperia z ruggedness toughness,greatness.

12. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Xperia Z has a laggy ui and last years hardware. The Xperia Z isn't a tough phone, its just waterproof.

30. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

looks like you only watch S4 torture than Z. too bad its an outdated phone but still sell hahaha on that!!

25. SleepingOz unregistered

haha nice joke..

35. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

ruggedness?? if both ip57 then theyr equal, how if this s4 will be ip67?? toughness?? polycarbonate is still tougher than fragile glass greatness?? hmm as i can observe, XZ is now out of the present debate/battle for the android flagship title 2013 bcoz of so many major shortcomings

41. yudi.nemesis unregistered

1. S4 with IP67 your are dreaming.. because the last time i check dunkable from P2i is only IPX7 ''water resistant only'' 2. Xperia Z uses durable glass it will survive from normal drop test and it scratch resistant glass so its not fragile glass. S4 ''plastic'' without scratch resistant and shockproof certification ( but i'm sure Gorila Glass 3 will help S4 in drop test ). 3. Xperia Z still in the battle of android flagship because XP Z have what S4 doesn't have, the sales good enough, and in many tech site XP Z still in the top 3 or top 5. I think this year will be tough year for samsung why?? All big manufacturers will release the real (the best) 2013 flagship. Combine with great mid end and low end phone. plus Tegra 4 and S800 will be unleash. So Samsung will not only the coolest kid on the block literally!!! Damn... this year will be the perfect time for me to replace my plastic toy with the real ''Premium Smartphone''

44. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Dear samsung fanboy let me give you the prove that XP Z still in the battle.​m No. 1) Sony Xperia Z No. 2) Sony Xperia V Both of them water and dust resistant smartphone

45. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

1. Okay thanks for that. 2. Xz has a something like a sheet above its display so there are users who suffer from scratches, if im not mistaken.. its back is made of gorlla glass 2 whch is somewhat not that super strrong against scratches. . And i read some users who had broken screens already in talk.sonymobile. And samsung strong polycarbonate plastc can be easily replaced :) 3. Yah all phones have distnct features, but what i wanna say is that s4 and htc one are the only items being compared hotly as d best phone ryt now, accept it And for ur comment #44, im not referring to Sales as indcator of being d 2013's flagship.. im refrring to how htc one and s4 handle to be d greatest ryt now in reviews :)

50. yudi.nemesis unregistered

You are not wrong its a shatter proof sheet, i think every sony device have it and thats a good thing because sony knows that durable glass doesn't mean unbreakable. It can be easly to remove if you not like it. Gorilla glass is scratch resistant glass not 100% scracth proof, even diamond still can be scratched. XP Z will survive for normal drop test and scratches sure it will breaks if you do some extrem test like some crazy guy on youtube there is no such a thing called ''samsung strong polycabonate'' and samsung is not the only ''plastic'' phone with removeable battery The problem is on ''samsung weak construction'' Compare to Nokia and Sony, Samsung is the worst when it comes to build quality (samsung flagship is not premium nor durable) Yes i know that, XP Z is release to compete with GS3, Nexus 4 and other last year flagship but all those flagship still capable to compete with S4 and HTC One in terms of real life performance. In this article we are talking about durability. Normal test Xperia Z is better compare to Samsung flagship. Extrem test both of them will destroy. There is still one another flagship LG Optimus G Pro

56. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

Samsung is d worst when it comes to build quality?? hmm pls argue with urself.. as long as my note2 feels so solid. :) XP Z isnt released to compete w/ gs3 thats my opinion, 1080p battle is on d scene :) no, my first argment is "XZ is now out of the present debate/battle for the android flagship title 2013 bcoz of so many major shortcomings" it's not just abt durability, its XZ's shortcomings as a 2013 player :) normal test extreme test chu chu,, we still dont know, can we wait for some test b4 driving into conclusion ? :) all i know is gorilla glass3 is strong, and plastc wudnt be destroyed in drop test :)

61. yudi.nemesis unregistered

woow solid how about we compare that note 2 with acro s and lumia 920 you tell me wich one more durable??? 2012 is the first 1080p phone (HTC DNA/butterfly) did HTC release that to compete with S4 no is not. and if you google it you will find that XPZ design is coming from 2012 sony design labs, + it uses 2012 SOCs you are soo cluless if you think it XPZ is release to compete with S4 and HTC One. GG3 still be able to scratched, and can be broken, Corning said durable doesn't mean unbreakable, plastic will be damage in any drop test. Overall XP Z is more durable because it will survive from normal accidental drop, its screatch, water and dust resistant even XP Z will survive from boil test Hammer drop test is not a normal test

57. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

" im not referring to Sales as indcator of being d 2013's flagship.. im refrring to how htc one and s4 handle to be d greatest ryt now in reviews :) " LOL!! HTC one got 9.5/10 rating on all sites and sell 1 Million in 2013. Congrats to your comment bcoz HTC is falling on the bottom rock. No matter how great its is on the review, SALES is a MOST important, bcoz that will keep the phone alive and kickin butts.

62. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

huh retarded?? in my comments im praising htc one and gs4 haha, for now htc one and gs4 are d greatest.. @yudi-nemesis, still gs4 and htc one are on d labs during 2012, samsung and htc just managed to grab the 2013's latests,, goin to camera, XZ is inferior,, sound quality, XZ is inferior display, XZ is inferior.. software bugs, XZ has many etc and those arent based on 2012 or 2013, Sony XZ should know how to managed these things.. okay ill stop arguing w/ that durability, i dont have proof

47. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

No offence !! I'm not a Samsung fan .. but I wonder, how people can predict something which has not even announced/showcased in the market (or leaked by any chance) .. And even more, they can compare it with anything & comment on it so confidently .. Keep it up .. it is fun to read these comments !!

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