Rugged Galaxy S4 Active Joining the Samsung Family
Once again capitalizing on the success of its flagship smartphone, Samsung is releasing a more rugged spin-off of the Galaxy S4. Dubbed the “Galaxy S4 Active,” the new phone will meet the IP67 standard for durability, allowing it to handle conditions most consumer electronics can’t. You’ll find this tough new device on sale at AT&T locations starting June 21st.
The Galaxy S4 Active joins a growing family of Galaxy S4 gadgets, which already includes the original Galaxy S4 as well as the Mini, Zoom, and Galaxy S4 Google Edition. Unlike its kin, the S4 Active will have enhanced protection features to make it less vulnerable to the elements. The IP67 international standard dictates that it will be completely dustproof and be able withstand being submerged in up to one meter of water without incurring damage.
AT&T has officially scored the rights to sell the Galaxy S4 Active, and has revealed a price point of $199 along with a taste of the specifications. The S4 Active will operate Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and include an 8 MP camera.
Samsung just released a teaser video to crank up the hype, showing the new S4 Active submerged in water. The latest rumors indicate that its initial release will offer two color options. The first, “Urban Gray,” triggers a notion of military brawn, while the second, “Dive Blue,” has a more direct link to the S4 Active’s differentiating features.