Samsung today launched Galaxy S4 Active, the waterproof iteration of its current flagship smartphone. The new handset features an 8MP camera that can take photos underwater, a feature that is only available in the recently unveiled Sony XperiaZR. Apart from being able to withstand water up to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes, this IP67 certified phone is also resistant to dust.
The all-new Galaxy S4 Active has a 5-inch TFT screen, as compared to the SuperAMOLED panel of the Galaxy S4. The display has resolution of 1920x1080p and has pixel density of 441ppi. The phone runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), layered with TouchWiz UI, and packs a 1.9GHz quad-core processor. The phone comes with 16GB internal storage, microSD support up to 64GB and 2GB RAM.
The 8MP camera of the new phone, compared to the 13MP unit in Galaxy S4, has Aqua mode that "can be used to increase visual quality and clarity for enhanced underwater images and video," says Samsung. The volume rocker on the left side of Galaxy S4 Active also doubles up as a hardware camera key. Alongside the rear camera is the LED flash, and a 2MP unit that records HD videos is located in the front.
Connectivity features of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Active include 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB 2.0 and Infrared. Powered by a 2,600mAh battery, this handset comes in grey, orange and blue colours.