A water-resistant phone just in time for beach weather.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is one of many Galaxy S4s, but it sets itself apart with its ruggedness. The phone is designed to withstand water and dust. Talk of this device has been doing the rounds since before the original Galaxy S4 arrived in stores. Despite the chatter, the S4 Active wasn't actually confirmed until early in June, and even then, Samsung would only highlight a Summer release schedule, refusing to talk specifics.
The phone launched in the U.S. in June, and it looks like summer is finally here for folks in the UK because the Galaxy S4 Active is now on sale in the United Kingdom as well. According to Engadget, prices are starting at £495 (at Unlocked Mobiles) and heading north to as much as £530 (Carphone Warehouse). The aforementioned prices are for the SIM-free model, of course, so they don't include any subsidies carriers might be willing to throw in should you be willing to sign a contract.
Though it's billed as an S4 for the outdoorsy types, the Active won't actually have the same specs as the regular Galaxy S4. Instead, you're looking at a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor and a 5-inch full HD TFT LCD screen (443 ppi) working alongside an 8-megapixel camera. The regular S4 comes with a 13-megapixel camera and as much as an octa-core CPU in some regions.