Rugged Galaxy S4 to have “Active” moniker, to be available in July alongside new 8-inch tablet

Daniel Bader

April 26, 2013 3:16 pm

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Samsung is readying a new variant of its Galaxy S4 for June, according to the Wall Street Journal. As reported earlier this week, the OEM is developing a rugged version of its flagship Android smartphone dubbed Galaxy S4 “Active,” which will look similar to the original but boast waterproofing and a sturdier chassis.

This is the first time that Samsung has ruggedized its most high-end smartphone, and is doing so to appeal to a relatively untapped market; as smartphones replace larger, more cumbersome pieces of technology, they become more essential to have with us at all times, regardless of where we are. People who work in hazardous or unpredictable environments often require extra cases and utilities to keep their phones safe, but external covers fail, and having a phone designed with such use cases in mind can extend its life tremendously.

Earlier this year, Sony unveiled the Xperia Z, a high-end device that is water- and dustproof. While it didn’t enter the Canadian market, it’s proven quite popular elsewhere in the world, and is rumoured to be Sony’s most successful Android device to date. Devices like the Sony Xperia go or Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE are examples of rugged smartphones, but their specs don’t equal their might in many ways.

Samsung is also expected to debut yet another 8-inch tablet, though this one will lack the Note branding and S Pen, and likely come in well below the $399USD MSRP of the Note 8.0. That, along with a smaller Galaxy S4 Mini, will debut alongside the Galaxy S4 Active, says the WSJ.

Source: WSJ

  • ChrisPollard77

    Good to see more ruggedized – or at least waterproof – phones coming to market. I’d bet most people are willing to sacrifice “supreme thinness” for a phone that doesn’t need 3lbs of rubber and plastic wrapped around it to protect it from the real world … where things like rain exist. I hope this starts a trend to more rugged devices.

  • Rich

    While Samsung has hit it big with the S1 -> S4 lines, and the Note(s), a lot of their other products have been lack luster and forgettable.

    • Rich

      Sure! Just do me a favor and examine the word “context.” The point is that Samsung over-saturates the market with a lot of junk devices with the exception being the ones mentioned. In fact, they’re doing it so much they are actually running out of parts.

    • RealDeal83

      Ahhhh another, “they do business different than Apple so they must be doing it wrong” comment… Just because they make lower end devices that the rest of the world can afford, does not mean they are “over-saturating the market” with junk.

    • KrispyInTO

      You have no idea what you are talking about. Not all devices are for 1st world people like yourself. Step out side of Canada to Asia, Africa, South America and poor areas in eastern Europe they all have lower end samsungs which to them they are amazing devices. Not everyone can afford a S4 or a note 2 and for those people samsungs other phones are far from lackluster.

    • ejmears

      What does this have to do with the topic at hand?

  • Matt Krieger

    Anyone know if the ruggidized version will still have replaceable batteries?

  • Andrew

    So it’s a phone with the Otterbox built on? Cool I guess…