The Samsung Galaxy S4 appears to be a solid phone, at least so far. And by solid I mean quality wise. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that it will survive very long, if at all, submerged in water, or rolling around in your grandma’s dusty attic. For those aforementioned activities you’ll need Sammy’s latest phone, the Galaxy S4 Active.
Okay, so first things first: the multiple variations of phones is beginning to get a bit trite (i.e. Galaxy S4 Mini). But names aside, the S4 Active looks ripe for trips to the beach thanks to its IP67 rating. As a result it should be able to take a 30-minute bath in up to one meter of water, as well as roll around on the beach, though Samsung doesn’t promise it will be devoid of scratch – the 7 in “67″ simply means dust won’t penetrate its guts. There is even a special water-resistant headphone jack.
Feature wise were looking at a yet to be specified 1.9 GHZ Quad-Core processor, a 2,600mAh battery, and a glove friendly 5-inch full HD TFT touch display with 443 pixels per inch. Capturing photos above or below water – there is an app to assist when snapping ocean life pics – is possible using the S4 Active’s 8-megapixel camera, which is complemented by an LED flash and 2mp front camera. The S4 Active also features Samsung’s Smart Pause function, allowing users to control the screen using optical cues. Samsung has also packed in Air View, S Travel trip advisor, and S Translator alongside Android 4.2.2 OS and LTE radios.
The Samsung S4 Active will be available in Europe and the US sometime this summer in Urban Grey, Dive Blue or Orange Flare.