WSJ: Expect the rugged Samsung Galaxy S4 Active in July

WSJ: Expect the rugged Samsung Galaxy S4 Active in July
On Tuesday, we passed along the word from Samsung Gulf president Young Soo Kim, that a rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 was coming soon. On Friday, the Wall Street Journal had a few more details on the phone, which is being called the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. As you might expect from a "rugged" model, the handset will be both water and dustproof, but the Korean manufacturer is striving to allow the rugged model to keep the look and feel of the regular Samsung Galaxy S4. Pricing of the device has not been revealed and it is unknown which markets will be receiving the "rugged" version of the flagship Android handset.

As the technology improves, more and more phones are coming to market already treated with a special nanocoating that allows water to roll off the device, even inside the handset protecting the circuitry. A company called P2i already treats the Motorola DROID RAZR line and the Motorola DROID 4 which allows the phone to be protected from a sudden rain shower or a spill, but does not protect against total submersion of the handset. The Sony Xperia Z had a popular display at CES 2013 in Las Vegas that showed the phone getting dunked in water and surviving.

P2i demonstrated for us its latest technology during MWC, which allowed a Samsung Galaxy S III to stay submerged for a period of time, and still work perfectly. Instead of dealing with the public like other waterproofing companies do, P2i is paid by the manufacturer to apply the coating during the manufacturing process which protects the model right out of the box.

With a leading 29% of the global handset market, and 33% of the global smartphone market, Samsung has been trying to win over the BYOD niche. This group is made up of corporate employees who are allowed to bring and use their personal smartphone to work. A security suite made by Samsung for this market, called KNOX, has recently been delayed until July, which is when the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is expected to launch. Many Government workers fall into the BYOD category and offering those who work in war zones a rugged version of the extremely popular phone could help Samsung keep one foot on BlackBerry's throat as the Canadian OEM continues its effort to keep whatever corporate accounts it still has from switching to iOS or Android.

source: WSJ

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)
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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14 Comments

1. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Hopefully this becomes normal on all new smartphones in the next few years. The phones are thin enough, now make them durable.

3. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Agree... I think the norm will be to nano-coat them like P2i and additional certification such as IPX7 will come for different devices... Manufacturers should adopt P2i tech (or similar) like they have adopted Corning Gorilla Glasses

7. jcarrigan unregistered

Now THAT i would get :)

2. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Are they honoring the legendary Xperia Active? Respect for Sammy if they can pull a waterproof and rugged device while keeping S4 style... I still like Sony's waterproof phones over Motos or Galaxy Xcover line

4. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

The look and feel of a Galaxy phone is about the only thing I want Samsung to get rid of....

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Okay, so there's: GS4 Active GS4 Exynos 5 Duos GS4 Exynos 5 GS4 Snapdragon 600 GS4 Mini... GS4 Snapdragon 600 duos coming too?

6. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Kudos to Samsung. Hopefully this will become a new standard in high end phones, like HDShatter mentioned. I hate worrying about water damage.

8. yudi.nemesis unregistered

are you kidding me become a new standard in high end phone, the standard has been set by Sony, and samsung is not the first manufaturer who uses nanocoating technology from P2i. So samsung not set any standard

10. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Dude, what the hell is your problem? Chill out. No, it's not a standard now, it's a bonus feature. I just like that Samsung has taken hint from Sony. I never said Samsung set any standard. Jesus f**king Christ, get a damn grip dude. Once the majority of phone starts using this, then it will be a standard. I swear, you people on here are brain dead.

12. yudi.nemesis unregistered

haha you said ''NEW STANDARD'' how can it be ''new'' when there is another device has set the standard, its not standard now but the standard has been set. Ok about samsung is my mistake but you need worrying another things beside water damage because once again fragile Aluminium Iphone 5 beat S4 in drop test even GG3 not helping at all

11. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

nye, ddnt u read between d lines?? all flourish from you is ur hate

13. yudi.nemesis unregistered

ooh yes i hate samsung build quality so bad, and thats is my personal experience from GS2 and GY. I'm soorry dude GG3 is not helping S4 in drop test even ''fragile'' Iphone 5 beat Samsung once again

9. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Rugged. I want top end rugged. I understand it will mean a few trade-offs, but really. How many of us that work in factories, construction, manufacturing, and about one hundred other jobs buy a nice device and have to buy a big ticket case to protect it? Love this story. Step in the right direction.

14. Supaheight

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I also think that ruuged devices should now be as frequent as bluetooth in a phone or a tablet

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