Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S4 Active, the ruggedised sibling to the current Galaxy flagship. While the internals are still top-of-the-line, the biggest change here is the design and the dust-proof, waterproof body of the S4 Active.

The Galaxy S4 Active comes with IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, which means the fully-sealed smartphone can be used for up to 30 minutes in water up to a depth of one metre. The S4 Active’s earphone jack is also water-resistant, so technically one could use a pair of earphones in rainy conditions without worrying about water leaking in. From the looks of it, the back of the phone is made out of carbon fibre or plastic, so it looks like Samsung has not yet embraced metal construction.

Galaxy S4 Active is now official

Galaxy S4 Active is now official

In terms of processing power, the S4 Active could very well turn out to be a monster. It’s got a 1.9 GHZ quad-core processor, but Samsung has not mentioned which chipset it’s using for the Active. There’s 2GB of RAM, which along with the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software version, should make it one smooth smartphone.

Like the Galaxy S4, this one too has a 5-inch full HD TFT LCD screen with a pixel density of 443 ppi. Samsung has included ‘Glove Touch’ technology in the display, which lets users operate the touchscreen while wearing gloves. Just like the S4, the S4 Active has a large 2,600mAh battery.

The only spec aspect that is a step down from the Galaxy S4 is the camera. The S4 Active has an 8-megapixel rear camera and it comes with a special ‘Aqua Mode’, which can be used to “increase visual quality and clarity for enhanced underwater images and video,” says Samsung. In addition, the volume key doubles up as a camera key.

Just like most recent Samsung phones, the full TouchWiz features suite has been bundled into the S4 Active. That includes S Travel, S Translator, Smart Pause, Air View, Air Gesture, S Health, plus the camera-specific Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, Story Album features.

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