Samsung finally officially unveils its super-durable Galaxy S4 Active handset

This bad boy will take some beating

Samsung finally officially unveils its super-durable Galaxy S4 Active handset

Samsung's answer to the Sony Xperia Z is now officially official. Yep, the ruggedised Galaxy S4 Active is here. To stay.

The Galaxy S4 Active is, in effect, a repackaged and more durable version of the standard Galaxy S4. In fact, it's rated IP67 for protection against dust and water.

That means you can submerge the Galaxy S4 Active in fresh water at a depth of one metre for at least 30 minutes without any degradation. Great for the bath or pool, then.

To keep the overall size of this ultra-durable handset down, Samsung has replaced the 13-megapixel camera in the regular Galaxy S4 with an 8-megapixel snapper here.

On the photographic plus side, though, Sammy has incorporated a new "Aqua mode" into its rugged blower. This will enhance photos and videos taken underwater. You can use the Galaxy S4 Active's volume key as a shutter release, by the way.

With regards to the Galaxy S4 Active's other vital statistics, it sports a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, LTE 4G support, expandable memory (on top of 16GB internal storage), a 2600mAh battery, an infrared port, and a 5-inch full-HD display.

The Galaxy S4 Active will be available later in the summer in grey, orange, and blue.

Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S4 Active comparison

Galaxy S4

Galaxy S4 Active

Size 136.6x69.8x9mm 139.7x71.3x9.1mm
Weight 130g 151g
Screen 5-inch 1080x1920 pixels, AMOLED 5-inch 1080x1920 pixels, TFT
CPU 1.9GHz quad-core 1.9GHz quad-core
Camera 13-megapixel 8-megapixel
Battery 2,600mAh 2,600mAh
Protection N/A IP67
Jonathan Morris
Jonathan Morris
From starting out as a games tester for Mastertronic, Virgin and Sega in the late 1980s, it may seem odd to then ditch everything to write about mobile phones that, at the time, lasted 20 minutes between charges. He always had a hunch mobiles would become quite popular, but possibly didn't realise how powerful (and, ironically, returning to 20 minutes between charges). Jonathan's job is to continue advising on the best hardware to buy, in order to enjoy games that have advanced considerably since those long days and nights testing Double Dragon on the C64.