Samsung is never afraid of a spin-off, and sure enough, we’re on the eve of seeing a wide range of new devices all using the Galaxy S4′s good name. Already this week we’ve had more rumours concerning the Galaxy S4 Mini, plus a previously unheard of Galaxy S4 Mega; but now it’s the turn of the Galaxy S4 Active.
This is Samsung‘s attempt to grab some business away from Sony and it’s waterproof Xperia Z smartphone, as the S4 Active is supposed to be resistant to the wet stuff, as well as having a dust proof chassis. Tech site GSMArena has managed to get hold of some pictures of the phone, and it shows a different rear panel design, as well as what looks like rubberised corner protection. There are three hardware buttons below the screen, making the S4 Active look more old-fashioned than it is, plus there are exposed screw heads on the back of the phone, presumably for adding some tough-phone cool.
To keep the price in check, Samsung may have adjusted some of the Galaxy S4′s specification. For example, it’s speculated the camera will have 8-megapixels instead of 13-megapixels, while the screen may not be an AMOLED panel. The 5-inch size and 1080p resolution should remains the same, as should the 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor. Android Jelly Bean will most likely be installed, along with a range of Samsung’s own apps.
As for the Galaxy S4 Active’s release, that’s still unknown, but we wonder if Samsung will end up releasing several S4-type phones at once, almost like an extended family. Here’s hoping this comes before the summer.