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Waterproof, Dustproof Version of the Galaxy S4 Coming Soon

By - Source: CNet | B 19 comments

Another tougher S4 is already in the works.

The Galaxy S4 is one of the most hotly anticipated phones of the spring. Announced on March 14, Samsung has certainly given us quite enough time to drool over the phone prior to its release. However, with the phone finally ready to hit store shelves, it is possible there could be another version of the Galaxy S4 just around the corner?

 

CNet cites Samsung itself as saying it is planning a waterproof and dust-proof version of the S4. Not only that, but it will apparently arrive in a matter of weeks. It's not clear if this will be marketed or branded as a completely separate phone, or even if it will be available across all markets. Samsung already has different versions of the phone for different territories. The UK, for example, will get a quad-core Galaxy S4 while the North American market will get the octa-core version talked about at the New York City launch in March.

The current model of Galaxy S4, which is launching Friday, April 26, packs a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED PenTile display, either an octa-core Exynos 5 or quad-crore Snapdragon CPU (depending on the region in which you're buying the device), 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera, a 2-megapixel camera up front, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a 2,600mAh battery.

Would you hold out for the waterproof, tough S4? Let us know in the comments below!

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    traxter69 , April 26, 2013 6:23 AM
    I am interested in the waterproof/dust proof version of the S4 but the main reason I want to get the S4 is the Knox security software but I read that is will not be available at launch and they are shooting for sometime in July.
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    grantf , April 26, 2013 6:23 AM
    Waited a long time for S4- will wait to see this one. I'm ready to buy now.
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    keither5150 , April 26, 2013 6:24 AM
    Then you should consider the Note 2 with 3100mAh battery.
    The battery life is about double that of a S2.
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    g00fysmiley , April 26, 2013 6:36 AM
    I'd gladly pay more for a waterproof version of a phone, the s4 looks nice but i would want to see some reviews of the "tougher" product and some torture tests before i'd shell out the extra $. also woudl be nice if they did this to all their lines, give me a rugged note 3 when that comes out with waterproof/dustproofing and all i will sya is shut up and take my money
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    happyballz , April 26, 2013 6:45 AM
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    I can't recommend anyone to get the phone unless it is the octa-core Exynos 5. battery life is a huge issue with all the new phones and the octa-core Exynos 5 has 4 low powered CPUs and 4 High powered CPUs. I want my phone to last more than 1 damn day please!


    You base this on what experience?

    non-Exynos S4 did just fine on battery endurance.
    http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-galaxy-s4-battery-tests-are-done-heres-how-it-did/

    International version with Exynos SoC will probably not have compatible LTE bands :\ ...

    On another note they need to stop using the phrase "_proof", resistant fits much better.
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    teh_chem , April 26, 2013 7:01 AM
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    I can't recommend anyone to get the phone unless it is the octa-core Exynos 5. battery life is a huge issue with all the new phones and the octa-core Exynos 5 has 4 low powered CPUs and 4 High powered CPUs. I want my phone to last more than 1 damn day please!


    There have been zero review numbers that show the Exynos octa version will have significantly better/different battery life than the Snapdragon version.

    Besides, my LG Optimus G has the quad S4 Pro and its battery lasts more than 1 day (especially after the long-awaited system update that LG finally rolled out). 2 days with conservative web-browsing and video-watching.

    My speculation is regardless of the CPU variant, they'll have roughly the same battery life, and likely won't amount to more than a day if the user is browsing the web a lot, or playing lots of games and movies.
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    n1tr0 , April 26, 2013 7:08 AM
    I haven't been wow'd by the camera in the Samsung phones, but offering an S4 that I can mount to the handlebars of my motorcycle... I'm sold ! That I want to buy before summer !
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    kensingtron , April 26, 2013 7:18 AM
    Water "proof" is accurate, the galaxy xcover was water proof up to 1 meter; with a water (IP) ingress protection rating of 7.

    Ref:
    http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_s7710_galaxy_xcover_2-5263.php
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code
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    Aragorn , April 26, 2013 7:21 AM
    I would love to get a dust resistant phone! I just got an s3 in august though.
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    InvalidError , April 26, 2013 7:28 AM
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    My speculation is regardless of the CPU variant, they'll have roughly the same battery life, and likely won't amount to more than a day if the user is browsing the web a lot, or playing lots of games and movies.

    When browsing or watching videos, most of the power is usually consumed by the backlight/OLED unless the pages have CPU-guzzling JScript or the video is using software decode... so we are pretty much already there for those two common uses.

    For games though, it may take a while for everything to become sufficiently more power-efficient and batteries to achieve high enough power densities to pack a whole day worth of that in a single charge.
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    Neog2 , April 26, 2013 11:56 AM
    When I had the Optimus G I had battery life of around 28-30hrs.
    My Galaxy Note 2 I currently use I routinely get 50+Hours on single charge.
    My Galaxy S3 International Unlocked Quad Core version I was able to get 2 days of battery average over the course of 3 months before it was stolen.
    I bought a Galaxy S3 North America Dual Core Version and batter on that barely 24 hours.
    Im on a wait list to get me a International Galaxy S4 Octo-Core as soon as they can get them over here. And I will be picking up the Sprint Version of the American version of the Galaxy S4 on Saturday. Ill probably post in the forums about how good the batter is or is not.
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    sundragon , April 26, 2013 12:44 PM
    Game changer from Samsung!
    I hope they can do it in a chassis that looks better or at least is as close to the current model. Most "water proof", "tough" phones look like tonka toys, bulky and put the "ug" in ugly.
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    MisterPete , April 26, 2013 1:24 PM
    Quote from article: "The UK, for example, will get a quad-core Galaxy S4 while the North American market will get the octa-core version talked about at the New York City launch in March."
    This is backwards. The UK is getting the exynos 5 octa and North America is getting the quad core snapdragon 600.
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    MisterPete , April 26, 2013 1:24 PM
    Quote from article: "The UK, for example, will get a quad-core Galaxy S4 while the North American market will get the octa-core version talked about at the New York City launch in March."
    This is backwards. The UK is getting the exynos 5 octa and North America is getting the quad core snapdragon 600.
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    Uberragen21 , April 26, 2013 7:37 PM
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    The UK, for example, will get a quad-core Galaxy S4 while the North American market will get the octa-core version

    I'm pretty sure that's backwards. The US never gets the "good stuff" compared to European and Asian countries. Everywhere I've read has stated, "Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300" for the US S4.
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    pliskin1 , April 26, 2013 9:41 PM
    Taking note after the Sony Xperia Z eh?
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    climber , April 29, 2013 7:42 AM
    Since when are Canadian wireless carriers offering a quad core version. Bell, Telus and Rogers say their offering is a quad core 1.9 GHz version. Saying North American carriers are going to be offering quad core might actually be just the US carriers?
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    jackbling , April 29, 2013 2:07 PM
    I dream of browsing the internet in the shower; it's for tech news, i promise.