Some interesting features about the much-rumoured “rugged” version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 have been revealed. Results of a benchmark test on the GFX Benchmark site have revealed some of the specifications of the phone that is slated for release as Samsung Galaxy S4 J Active. The phone, which will be revealed to the public in July according to the Wall Street Journal, will fall into a growing class of phones that are dust and water-resistant.
The benchmark scores show that the phone, just like the original Galaxy S4, will come pre-installed with Android 4.2.2. The S4 J Active will also have Touchwiz running over Android and a full HD display seen in the current Samsung flagship.
Will the S4 Active follow the same design language?
The main difference comes in the form of the processor. The rugged version of the S4 will have a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus (MSM8960) which is a chipset based on ARM's older architecture, but which is definitely capable of handling all smartphone tasks. And though it can compare to the new generations of processors such as the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor or the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, it is still a slight step down.
The older processor could have been included for a number of reasons. Perhaps, the cost for the making the phone resistant to the elements is so high that the company has had to dial down its processor specification. Or it could be that Samsung is targeting users who won't mind a slightly slower performance if the S4 Active comes with a water and dustproof casing.
Of course at this moment, we only have benchmark results to go on and these details could surely change by the time the S4 Active is announced or launched in the market. As for a release date, we have no details to go on, but the fact that Samsung used last year's IFA event to launch a couple of devices makes us believe we could see the S4 Active at the Berlin event. We have a feeling this is not the last we hear of the rugged S4 till IFA. Also, according to the benchmark tests the S4 Active seems to be headed to AT&T first.