Samsung has announced the Galaxy S4 Active, a rugged variant of its flagship Galaxy S4 device with water and dust protection, aimed at users working in harsh environments.
Chief among the overhaul of the device is the inclusion of physical buttons on the front to make it easier to operate while wearing gloves, for example. It also conforms to IP67 rating for dust and water protection.
This should ensure dust particles are unable to penetrate inside the device and it can survive submersion in water at a depth of one metre for 30 minutes. The earphone jack is also water resistant and the camera lens works underwater.
Specs-wise the device is almost identical to the standard S4, with a 1.9GHz quad-core processor and a 5in screen with screen quality of 443ppi.
It will come running Android 4.2.2 and also has an 8MP rear-facing camera – lower than the 13MP found on the standard S4 – and a 2MP front-facing camera. Samsung said these features, combined with the tough build quality, would make it ideal for those working in demanding environments.
Simon Stanford, vice president of IT at Samsung Electronics UK, said: “The Galaxy S4 Active offers all the great features of the original Galaxy S4, but with added innovative protective design elements to suit our most active customers."
The standard S4 has already proved hugely popular, with 10 million sold in the first month or so since its launch, as Samsung seeks to steal Apple's smartphone crown. The device is a notable upgrade from the S3, although it is let down slightly by its build quality, as noted in our review.
Our hands-on video review of the device is embedded below.
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