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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Now Available in the UK

By - Source: Engadget | B 6 comments

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.

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    Parsian , July 10, 2013 12:51 AM
    what is the battery size??? why not just throw extra battery in it since you are making it thicker??

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    __-_-_-__ , July 10, 2013 4:01 AM
    where's fm radio? and really... why downgrade to 8mp? sony z is better.
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    nino_z , July 10, 2013 4:31 AM
    Who cares about camera...If you want to take good pictures buy a real one. Instead i agree about the battery - now that is a useful feature!
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    ikaz , July 10, 2013 10:11 AM
    I'm too lazy to look it up right now but I believe the camera used in this phone is "suppose" to take better under water pictures.
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    livebriand , July 10, 2013 5:11 PM
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    Who cares about camera...If you want to take good pictures buy a real one. Instead i agree about the battery - now that is a useful feature!

    "The Best Camera Is The One That's With You" My phone's camera has been useful several times in a pinch, even though the quality sucks, and I usually bring a separate camera if I think I'll be taking pictures. It's more convenient as well - if my phone's camera were good enough (unfortunately, it isn't on the gnexus), I would use that all the time instead.
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    jimmysmitty , July 10, 2013 6:31 PM
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    I'm too lazy to look it up right now but I believe the camera used in this phone is "suppose" to take better under water pictures.


    Considering that it can be submerged, yes it has a setting for under water.

    But I wouldn't sacrifice specs for water proof. If I want that there are cases built for that.