Samsung has finally announced the launch of the Galaxy S4 Active, one which the company says, is "to enhance the life experiences of actives users who want to stay connected even when they're out exploring the most rugged mountain trails or the roughest rivers". Seamless connectivity and continuous access to a 4G network, not included.
The device has a fully sealed design which is compliant with the IP67 protocol. As such, it can withstand up to 30 minutes of submersion in up to 1M of water and is dustproof as well. Samsung also judiciously added a waterproof earphone connector as well as an "aqua mode" for the camera which improves the quality and clarity of immersed images and videos.
Another improvement on the S4 is the fact that you can now use the display with a glove (like the Nokia Lumia 820) and you can turn the LED flash into a flash light by long-pressing the volume key. As expected though the weight of the device goes up (by 21g) and so does the thickness (by 1mm); still we don't understand why Samsung swapped the 13-megapixel camera on the S4 for an 8-megapixel model.
The rest of the features include LTE compatibility, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC with four cores and clocked at 1.9GHz, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a 5in 1,920 x 1,080 Super AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, a 2,600mAh battery, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Wi-Fi Direct.
The device – which will be launched later in the summer - will be presented at Samsung's 2013 Premiere for Galaxy and ATIV on 20 June, an event from which we will be reporting. You can check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone here.