The Active features IP67 water and dust protection, meaning that it can survive being immersed in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. This brings it roughly in line with the Sony Xperia Z, marking a trend in handsets that offer an extra level of protection and are better suited to outdoor use.
Along with its protective form factor, the Active features a 5-inch, 1080p, 443ppi display and a 1.9GHz quad-core processor that equals that seen on the Galaxy S4. The Active also runs the same Android 4.2.2 platform as its flagship cousin.
One of the main differences between those two handsets, tough bodywork aside, is in the camera. Samsung has shied-away from including the 13 megapixel lens seen on the Galaxy S4 and made use of an 8 megapixel sensor. We can only speculate as to why this has been changed and it could be a space-saving move made necessary by the Active’s unique form factor.
The Active looks to be particularly well suited to outdoor use, having a water resistant headphone socket and an incredibly sensitive touchscreen that can be used while wearing gloves. These are big points to have over Sony’s flagship which cannot be used for underwater photography and its headphone socket needs to be covered with a plastic flap when immersed.
Samsung’s Galaxy range is growing, with the S4 Mini and Galaxy Mega devices having also recently been announced. The Korean firm is hosting an event in London on 20 June when there will no doubt be more information about what it has planned for the near future.