The Samsung Galaxy S4 has recently been revealed to have sold over 10 million units after less than a month of availability, so it is easy to see why there is so much hype surrounding the phone. The Galaxy S4 is fully expected to remain the biggest selling smartphone model of 2013, but in recent weeks there has been plenty of speculation that a number of other variants of the handset will soon be hitting the market. Among these are the Galaxy S4 Active, a device which is rumoured to be a more rugged and waterproof version of Samsung's latest flagship.
The device has now been
officially announced by the South Korean manufacturer, and GSM Arena has
reported on details of its key features. While there are of course several
differences between the Galaxy S4 Active its flagship counterpart, the device
offers a number of specifications in common, as expected. The device includes a
1.9 GHz quad-core Krait processor, LTE and NFC support and a 2600mAh battery. Our website has more Galaxy S4 Active info and Galaxy S4 pricing.
One of the biggest changes is the camera. The Galaxy S4 has a 13 megapixel camera, but these have been downgraded to 8 megapixels for the Galaxy S4 Active. However, this is made up for by the ability to capture videos and photos underwater, and the camera also includes a special ‘Aqua Mode’ for taking photos when the handset is submerged. The screen has the same 5 inch measurements and 1080p resolution, but instead of a super AMOLED screen, it has an LCD panel.
The software of the Galaxy S4 Active is actually the same as its flagship counterpart, packing Android 4.2.2 Jellybean OS, TouchWiz Nature UX user interface, and the same package of Samsung software features showcased on the Galaxy S4.
The device is visually quite different to the Galaxy S4, due to additional materials used on its casing to make it waterproof, which also makes it around 21 grams heavier and slightly larger. GSM Arena reports that the Galaxy S4 Active will be offered in three colour options, which are blue, orange and grey.
The device is expected to hit the market in summer, but we are likely to hear more details about its features, pricing and availability in the coming weeks, so we will be sure to keep you updated with the latest details.