The knock on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in many reviews is that the fast-selling Android 4.2 phone has a glossy plastic body that some don’t think feels very good or will last very long. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active might not win any new converts for its design, but the ruggedized version of the Galaxy S 4 will alleviate concerns about durability.

Samsung has announced the Galaxy S 4 Active as the answer to consumers who want a phone they can take outdoors and feel is protected. The phone has IP67 dust and water resistance, so it can survive up to 30 minutes in 1 meter (3.28 ft.) without being damaged. The body of the phone is sealed to keep out dust and water from getting into its ports, but there’s no mention of the level of shock absorption that can minimize damage when the phone is dropped.

Protective elements aside, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active looks to be a powerful device. It features a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, a 5-inch 1080p HD LCD display (443ppi), a 2,600 mAh battery, Glove Touch so the screen can be used even when wearing winter gloves, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (11.25 GB accessible), and a 64GB microSD slot. An 8-megapixel camera with LED flash takes photos on the rear and a 2 megapixel front camera handles self-portraits and video chat. The Samsung-infused Android 4.2 software also has the same features available in the standard Galaxy S 4, including Smart Pause, Air View, Air Gesture, Samsung WatchON with IR remote, and more.

Samsung will first sell the Galaxy S 4 Active this summer in the U.S. and Sweden. The phone will be available in gray, blue, and orange depending on the market. Pricing will vary.

source: Samsung

By Andrew Kameka