Samsung officially announced a new variant of its flagship smartphone called the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, which features an IP67 water and dust protection that allows it to survive three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.


The new Galaxy S4 Active will still have the same configuration as the original Galaxy S4 including the 5-inch 1080p display, 1.9GHz quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, a 2-megapixel front camera, LTE & NFC connectivity, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and a 2,600mAh battery.

Although the Galaxy S4 Active’s camera sensor is lesser, it has added a new shooting mode called the Aqua Mode which basically improves all underwater shots.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active will first hit in the US and Europe sometime in late June. It will be available in Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare variants. No details on its pricing yet.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Specifications
BODY 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm (139 g)
DISPLAY 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
Multitouch; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
IP67 certified – dust and water resistant
Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
MEMORY 16 GB internal storage (11.2 GB user available)
microSD, up to 64 GB
CONNECTIVITY HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL; GPRS; EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE; NFC; Infrared; microUSB v2.0
CAMERA 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features: Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Aqua mode
1080p@30fps, dual-video recording
Secondary: 2 MP,1080p@30fps, dual video call
FEATURES Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 processor
Adreno 320 GPU
Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
OTHER FEATURES Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, gesture
Messaging: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, RSS
Browser: HTML5
Radio: No
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java: Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Others: S-Voice natural language commands and dictation, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, Air gestures, Dropbox (50 GB storage), Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, TV-out (via MHL 2 A/V link), SNS integration, MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player, Organizer, Image/video editor ,Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa, Voice memo/dial/commands, Predictive text input (Swype)
BATTERY Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery
COLORS Urban Grey, Dive Blue, Orange Flare


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