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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active official: the waterproof S4

It’s been speculated on for months, and now it’s official. Samsung announces the Galaxy S4 Active, the waterproof & dustproof variant of their flagship phone.


It packs similar internals as the Samsung Galaxy S4, from the 1.9GHz quad-core CPU to the 2,600mAh battery. In addition, it can be submerged in water for a maximum of 30 minutes as the headphone jack is also water-resistant.

The camera is a lesser 8-megapixel sensor, and an Aqua Mode is added to its list of camera shooting modes. Not to mention, the Super AMOLED display is now gone, replaced by a TFT LCD of the same resolution.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active specs:
5.0-inch TFT LCD @ 1920x1080p, 443ppi
1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU
Adreno 320
16GB internal memory
MicroSD up to 64GB
GPS w/ aGPS support
8MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash
2MP front-facing camera
139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm (dimensions)
151 g (weight)
2600mAh battery
Android 4.2.2 Jellybean

With a few changes in specs and design (all physical buttons), we think it definitely takes the Samsung flagship a step forward.

Hands-on demonstrations will be seen on June 20, Samsung’s Galaxy & Ativ event. The S4 Mini will there too, and maybe even the rumored camera-centric S4 Zoom. Stay tuned for more coverage.


Bob Freking occasionally contributes articles to the website. He is a UST Graduate of Commerce & Business Administration, Major in Marketing Management, and a full-time Sith Lord with three dragons.

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28 Responses

  1. I wonder how Samsung has managed to have it with a microSD slot considering the fact that it’s dust-proof and waterproof!
    This device is amazing!

    • Anon says:

      Probably same concept as the Xperia Z. It has a microSD slot with can be accessed and sealed by a cover. Kind of like how Lock&Lock tupperwares work.

    • hone says:


      LOLz, mentioning 2 different brands, should be lock&lock plastic wares

  2. Erickson says:

    Parang hindi sya ganun ka waterproof. Tingin ko lang.

  3. dan_MD says:

    The SGS 4 active has a waterproof 3.5mm jack (no flap needed), the back is removable which gives you access to the battery, micro-SD, and SIM card. more information can be found on the hands-on preview here: http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s4_active-review-935.php

  4. johnonline says:

    smartphone of the year!!!

    wala ng magandang argument ang mga HTC One at Xperia Z fans..

    im glad i waited for this one.. sana available na to sa widget city or kimstore by August 2013..

  5. Carlo says:

    I felt kinda bad that I didn’t wait for this, but when I saw what they took away, I’m still happy with my stock S4

  6. abuzalzal says:

    iTo and Upgrade!

    yung regular S4 parang S3 lang hitsura kasi…at least madi distinguish na ng tao na nka upgrade ka na hehehe

  7. jm says:

    whahaha, ugly ng design, maka waterproof lang, mga fansamsung, sony xperia Z, water proof + great design, dapat gnyan ang gawin nila, wala bang design team ang samsung? kung ang design nila ng mga phones at tulad ng sa htc wala na talagang mkakatalo sa knla,

    • John says:

      Haha, walang design team ang samsung? Bakit kaya mo bang mag design ng unique (exterior) na smartphone? Tska sa Xperia merong flaps e, yung S4 active walang flaps pati yung 3.5mm headphone jack di na kelangan ng flaps para maging water proof, I think Xperias are the one na “basta lang masabing waterproof” yung smartphone, I mean pano pag umulan habang nag sosound trip ka? diba?

    • Nimity says:

      extremely agree!

    • Pinoypop says:

      When buying the S4, you bank really for the software. It’s true that the Xperia models have the looks but trails on the updates

  8. scucumber says:

    This is what a flagship phone from Samsung should have been. Rugged, Good build quality and of course, not made with plastic. I’m planning to buy one of these once it’s out.

    • Nimity says:

      Not made of plastic? are you sure???

    • scucumber says:

      I meant “not made with cheap plastic”.
      I can’t believe that most people here don’t know that the regular version of Galaxy S4 is made with cheap plastic! The plastic used in the Galaxy S4 Active is more of a tougher plastic.

  9. ruiko says:

    Everything looks good on this smartphone except for that hideous looking buttons on the front. But since this is a rugged device, I can’t complain given the protection that the rugged case can offer. This is definitely the definitive version of S4 and I hope that Samsung next flagship device will be a rugged device that looks good. Good job, Samsung. I can finally ditch my Galaxy S3 for this.

  10. ricardo says:

    lol gusto ko makakita ung nakasawsaw sa tubig talaga

    which one is accurate ?


  12. XTN says:

    Bob Freking or Yuga – Nothing changed right? Is the batt still removable?

  13. Bingster says:

    Wow! Too bad I got my Galaxy S4 today without seeing this first. Would it be possible to make mine like this?

  14. danny andrews says:

    What is your lowest price on the Samsung galaxy s4 also the Samsung galaxy s4 active,And the Samsung galaxy s5? Thanks! And what colors are available in all 3 models?

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