Images of what is purported to be the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active - a rugged version of the Galaxy S4 - have been leaked.
The pictures - obtained by GSMArena
- show what appears to be a largely normal Samsung Galaxy S4 but with a metal back and rubber, or possibly soft-touch plastic, ends. It also features three physical buttons under the screen, rather than one physical and two touch-sensitive, as on the normal model.
The device is set to be called the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and will feature the same 4.99in 1080p Super Amoled screen as the standard handset though will feature only an 8mp camera rather than 13mp model. It will also use the same 1.9GHz processor though there is no word on whether the back will be removable for adding a microSD card.
The existence of an S4 Active has near enough been confirmed by the company that makes Samsung's WatchON TV service, as a changelog for the software listed the new device. Whether these images are of that device, though, remains to be seen.
Expected to be both dust and waterproof, the Active will be taking on the Sony Xperia Z as the only two premium ruggedised Android handsets, though using the term ruggedised is perhaps misleading as neither is/is expected to be significantly more shock resistant than other handsets. One question as yet unanswered is how this handset may waterproof its headphone and charging sockets; the rubber flaps used for protecting the Xperia Z were not much liked by reviewers of that phone.
A Samsung Galaxy S4 Active release date has not yet been announced, nor has it been confirmed where the handset might be available. However, the handset has apparently been shown in Croatia suggesting an imminent announcement.
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