Capitalizing on the success of its flagship smartphone, Samsung is releasing a more rugged spin-off of the GALAXY S4. Dubbed the “GALAXY S4 Active,” the new phone will meet the IP67 standard for durability, designed to allow it to handle conditions the majority of consumer electronics can’t. You’ll find this tough new device on sale at AT&T locations starting June 21, with presale starting today
The GALAXY S4 Active joins a growing family of GALAXY S4 gadgets, which already includes the original GALAXY S4 as well as the S4 Mini, Zoom, and GALAXY S4 Google Edition. The S4 Active is designed to have enhanced protection features to make it less vulnerable to the elements. The IP67 international standard dictates that it will be completely dustproof and be able to withstand being submerged in up to one meter of water without incurring damage.
AT&T has scored the rights to sell the GALAXY S4 Active, and has revealed a price point of $199 along with a taste of the specifications. The S4 Active will operate Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor and include an 8 MP camera.
AT&T just released a teaser video to showcase the S4 Active's durability, showing the new S4 Active submerged in water. The initial release offers two color options. The first, “Urban Gray,” might trigger a notion of military brawn, while the second, “Dive Blue,” has a more direct link to the S4 Active’s differentiating features.