The tougher S4 is finally official.
We caught our first glimpse of the Galaxy S4 Active a couple of weeks ago, when GSM Arena obtained a few photos of the device. We haven't heard much about the device since then, with Samsung choosing to announce the Galaxy S4 mini before uttering a word about the ruggedized version of its flagship phone.
Today, amidst the Computex madness, Samsung confirmed the Galaxy S4 Active's existence. 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 5.0-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.
As far as rugged features are concerned, the S4 Active has qualified protection from dust and water (IP67) and sports a full sealed design to keep dust particles out and protect against water damage for up to 30 minutes of submergence at a depth of one meter. There's also a water-resistant earphone jack and an 'Aqua Mode' for better quality underwater images and video.
The S4 Active will be available for purchase beginning this summer, with initial retail in the U.S. and Sweden. It will be offered in Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare. Specific availability will vary depending on the market.