You wouldn’t be mistaken to assume that AT&T is going places with Samsung devices. Just a couple of hours ago, AT&T announced that Samsung’s 8 inch Galaxy Note with LTE will soon be available on the network (read about it here) and not long after that the company posted a YouTube video teasing a waterproof phone that has now been confirmed to be Samsung’s latest variant of its Galaxy S4 flagship phone dubbed Galaxy S4 Active.
Although AT&T tried to be all coy about the phone, anyone conversant with the latest development in the smartphone industry should tell from the design and the 2003-style buttons on the front bottom of the device that it is the Galaxy S4 Active smartphone announced just last week by Samsung and will feature again next Thursday during the Samsung Premiere 2013 event to be held in London. AT&T, in the video, is promising more information on 13th June, which is tomorrow. Could the company be making the big announcement within 24 hours or do they just plan to make more information on the new rugged smartphone, designed for people who are ‘active’ outdoors but still want to carry around the raw power and usability of the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Design and protection
According to a source that talked to Engadget, AT&T will be unveiling this water-resistant device rendition tomorrow. The source also confirms that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active will be available in two colors at lunch at first: An Urban Gray and Dive Blue. Samsung says that the S4 Active provides protection of up to 30 minutes in 3 feet of water and has a water-resistant earphone jack as well
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active according to Samsung is designed to enhance the life experience of an active user who wants to explore the environments with rough rivers and rugged mountains while staying connected. The phone provides extra protection from water and dust in its ‘fully sealed design’ according to Samsung.
Specs-wise, the S4 Active is not so different from the Galaxy S4. It still boasts of a full HD 1080 x 1920 5.0 inch screen, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB onboard memory but with a microSD card slot to expand memory by up to 64 GB. The camera has however been downgraded from 13 megapixels to an 8 megapixels rear camera with image stabilization and aqua mode, 2 megapixels front camera and a quad core 1.9GHz Krait 300 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. We will know the exact details including price and availability tomorrow.