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Samsung Does Plan to Release an “Active” Galaxy S4, Launch in July

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Earlier this week, word got out that Samsung intends to release a new version of the Galaxy S4, one that is built to withstand more extreme conditions, complete with dust-proof and water-proof coating. According to WSJ, this device, called the Galaxy S4 Active, is already penciled in to hit the market this July and set to be marketed directly at business and government clients. 

While this move certainly makes sense, it would be nice if they let the consumers know so they could start deciding which Galaxy S4 they would want to purchase.

Does a rugged S4 interest you?

Via: WSJ

  • Lane252

    OH Sweet Jesus…yesss

  • psychotropy101

    I believe that I will wait for this version.

  • Just get a rugged case (http://case-cafe.com/best-samsung-galaxy-s4-cases/)for when you need it instead of paying extra for a phone that will likely look pretty ugly.

  • joejoe5709

    With a 10 month old baby, semi-clumbsy hands, and a love for naked phones, this has a huge appeal to me. “Water-proof” is unfortunately a slightly subjective thing. My wife got a LifeProof case for her iPhone and that’s probably overkill. I don’t need to swim with my phone. If I could feel safe around my little boy chewing on my phone for a couple seconds that’s all I would really need.

  • I’d kill for a waterproof phone. I could care less about bulky drop resistant casings. I still want slim and nice, but water proof!! I hope this comes out on Verizon, but most likely not.

  • RaptorOO7

    Wait a minute, they pushed back the GS4 Mini until June/July, they can’t meet the “Overwhelming Demand” now and they haven’t released the 32GB version yet and now they want a 3rd version of the device to arrive in July. Clearly Samsung is smoking crack to or something else is going on.

  • RaptorOO7

    Cool, but for the cost Samsung is going to upcharge I will just send mine into Liquipel http://www.liquipel.com and have it made water and dust proof. $59 from Liquipel.

  • H

    Yeah, so I can play catch with it.

  • T4rd

    Maybe they intentionally botched the GS4 design in order to upsell this next edition..? /s

  • ßen Murphy

    Can it withstand Daenerys Targaryens’ dragons?

  • MichaelFranz

    Starting to sounds like the Razr line….
    Razr, Razr maxx, Razr HD, Razr HD Maxx,
    GS4, GS4 Active, GS4,MIni..

    • JolleyMan

      Yeah, but all the RAZRs are water-resistant. So, there’s that.

  • mcdonsco

    Damn it…that’s about the only thing I like about my RAZR maxxx HD, it can handle some rain.

    Really wish it weren’t a desperate device launch…been waiting for the s4, now what to do…grrr

    • r0lct

      All the new phones can handle “some” rain and are water resistant. I’ve taken my Note 2 out in a light rain and had water get on it without problems.

      • LionStone

        True…but the removable back will allow water to get in more easily, as opposed to the sealed phones.

        • r0lct

          Yes, I definitely wouldn’t push it with prolonged use in the rain and I’m sure the unibody designs are better.

  • Glorious Stache

    If this phone isn’t Ron Swanson-rugged then GTFO, Samsung.

  • Glad that I’m a government worker. Need something waterproof, dust proof, idiot proof, etc

    • Jack’s Raging Bile Duct


  • salvador hernandez

    Give me NOW… ..

  • Bionic

    The Samsung Galaxy S4 built by Motorola edition. LMAO

    • Tim242

      After that POS Bionic and the crap displays and cameras in their latest phones, I don’t understand your love for Moto.

      • Bionic

        Because i have used motorola phones for almost 20 years now and I simply love them.

        My Bionic is a great phone since ICS and even better on jelly bean.

        I could sit here and make a list as to why i love moto phones but you already know my list.

        • RaptorOO7

          Oh do tell. The Bionic was 9 months late, arrived a a POS on Verizon and is an underwhelming device. I used to love Moto hardware, then it tanked and hasn’t gotten any better.

          • Not everyone cares about having the most powerful processor, the most RAM or even the best display! Instead most people care about durability, usability and reliability. Personally, I use a Droid Razr and the thing is a tank (in a really good way)!!!!! I always know its going to work the same way every time and if I drop it then oh well, the floor might have a dent! LOL

          • Anon

            The Bionic was 9 months late due to a complete hardware redesign. Not a bad thing either, as the original was Tegra 2-based –none of Moto’s Tegra 2 phones got Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean.

            The Bionic’s initial release needed a lot of improvement, I’ll agree on that. Since then, it has finally gotten it, and become a really good phone, but the first impressions of the device stuck, and Motorola made it a red-headed stepchild due to the release of the RAZR, despite their similarities.

            As for underwhelming, I don’t get why people don’t see that the Bionic is basically a Droid RAZR with a removable battery (making it more flexible IMO). Same TI OMAP 4430 processor, same RAM, etc. Like others, mine has been an incredibly durable device. Great call quality, and it works well. I’ve been fortunate in never having the early handshake issues others had switching from CDMA to LTE, but that’s been handled by software updates too.

            It’s not the perfect phone. Display and camera could be better. But it’s a decent phone in its current state.

      • As much as I haven’t been a big fan of my Bionic, the thing is really well built. It’s survived a lot of falls without a case.

    • PhoenixPath

      Isn’t there a name for that phone? Something they currently have in production and might release in June/July???

      I could have sworn I saw you post something about that earlier…what was it called again? 😉

    • Jason Kahn

      I always loved Motorola’s ability to build phones with radios that didn’t suck. I hope Google keeps that aspect of Moto alive

  • sdny8

    With a larger battery. Its my dream phone. Definitely would shell out $700 for it. Only problem. Vzw is getting the s4. Chances of them getting this version too are none and none.

  • 3M4NU31

    I want my Galaxy S 4 to be more rugged than Action Hank’s beard!

    • imns

      Not possible…unless you’re chuck norris.

      • michael arazan

        Galaxy 4 Chuck Norris Indestructable Edition

    • El Big CHRIS

      +1 for Dexter’s Lab reference.

  • Brent Cooper

    Why not just release the Active version?

    • Sankyou

      That waterproofing costs them an extra $10 so they want to pass that along as a $100 upgrade.

      • mikeGsays

        So true…. well, there goes that upgrade I just completed on my S4, thanks Samsung!

      • Guest


      • In all fairness, Liquipel cost $59 and that’s only waterproof.

    • Bionic

      because it’ll probably be thicker and uglier and evade their “fanbase”