AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Water-resistant, dust-proof phone comes in two colors; preorders start June 14

AT&T (as it was expected to do so) today announced that it'll carry the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, in stores June 21 for $199 with a two-year contract. Preorders start June 14. The Active -- essentially a water-resistant version of the Galaxy S4 that AT&T already carries -- comes in Urban Gray or Dive Blue and sports a 5-inch TFT display with Gorilla Glass and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It's powered by a quad-core processor and has an 8-megapixel camera 'round back.

Along with a more rugged build, the buttons on the front are all physical, instead of a mix of capacitive and physical.

Also on board is Samsung's suite of apps and customizations, same as on the original Galaxy S4, such as Air View and Air Gesture, Smart Pause and a host camera tweaks, such as Erase Shot, Drama Shot and Story Album. It's also got the Multi Window and for true multitasking, and it has the Samsung SAFE Enterprise security suite. The Infrared controller is still there, as well, so you can control your rugged TV in your rugged home with this rugged device.

New Water and Dust Resistant Galaxy Smartphone is Built to Withstand Whatever Life Throws Your W​ay

DALLAS, June 13, 2013 – With summer in full swing, you need a phone that can go just about anywhere and endure the demands of an active lifestyle.  To help you keep up with whatever comes your way, AT&T* and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announce the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 Active™, an evolution of the popular Galaxy S® 4 designed to withstand the hazards of everyday life.

Beginning June 21, you can pick up the Galaxy S 4 Active from any AT&T store or online for $199.99 with a two-year agreement.  For consumers who prefer to place their orders now, AT&T will begin taking pre-orders on June 14 at www.att.com/galaxys4active.  The Galaxy S 4 Active will be available in two colors: Urban Gray and Dive Blue.

The Galaxy S 4 Active runs on AT&T 4G LTE, which currently covers more than 200 million people; with plans to expand to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014.  AT&T's 4G LTE network was called “blazing fast” in a report** by independent testing organization RootMetrics.  The report found AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivered the fastest pure LTE speeds in markets where AT&T provided 4G LTE.

“Continuing AT&T’s legacy as the first carrier to launch the Samsung Galaxy series, we’re excited to offer the next evolution of the popular Galaxy S 4.  The Galaxy S 4 Active is a high-performance smartphone with a stylish, protective design to keep up with the demands of everyday life.  It’s truly summer-proof,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices and Developer Services, AT&T.  “With its quad-core processor and access to the nation’s largest 4G network and fastest 4G LTE network you can stay connected nearly anywhere life takes you.”

Built For Life

The Galaxy S 4 Active was designed around life.  It is IP67 certified to be water-resistant and dustproof***, making it perfect to take on any summer vacation whether it’s camping or the beach.  It also has an Aqua Mode feature that lets you capture photos and videos underwater.  Its 5-inch FHD TFT display is made from Gorilla® Glass, which is specially built to be tougher and more scratch-resistant.  It runs Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and comes packed with a quad-core processor for faster, smoother gaming and apps.

But there’s more to the Galaxy S 4 Active than its sturdy, more resilient exterior.  It also includes high-performance features that let you get more done on-the-go.  The 8-megapixel camera includes multiple custom shooting modes, including Aqua Mode and Eraser Shot.  It also features enhanced low light performance to help you get the shot you want even when lighting isn’t ideal.

Entertainment

The Galaxy S 4 Active has an Integrated Infrared (IR) controller which acts as a TV remote control, so you can use your smartphone to control your home theater system.  When you’re on-the-go, Samsung Hub gives you access to more music, movies, books and games from multiple content sources all in one place– perfect for passing the time on summer road trips, or even while waiting in line while running errands.

Galaxy S 4 Active includes all the features that made the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 popular including:

  • Air View™: Hover your finger over photos, files, links and text for an instant preview.
  • Air Gesture™: Skip to the next song or photo, check your notifications or, if you’re driving, automatically answer a call on speakerphone just by waving your hand over your phone.
  • Eraser Shot: Remove unwanted background distractions in your photos and videos with just one touch.
  • Drama Shot: Capture a time-lapse event all in one frame.
  • Samsung Smart Pause: While watching a video, if you look away from the screen, the video will automatically pause and wait for you to return.
  • Story Album™: Create a printed book of your photos and have it delivered right to your door.

Productivity

The Galaxy S 4 Active is a master multi-tasker.  Features like Multi Window let you use two apps side-by-side like a PC so you can reference your notes while writing an email or follow the game live while checking out your friends’ reactions on social media simultaneously.

This smartphone is SAFE™ (Samsung For Enterprise) to help keep your work data secure and separate from your personal content.  Whether you are in the office or on vacation, the Galaxy S 4 Active balances stylish, professional design with enhanced durability.

Additionally, the Galaxy S 4 Active features an optional Easy Mode that simplifies the home screen with larger icons and your favorite apps.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

** Based on availability of AT&T 4G LTE in in 47 markets out of 77 total cities studied; ©RootMetrics®LTE Performance Report, March 2013).http://www.rootmetrics.com/special-reports/lte-performance-review/.
*** Water-resistant and dustproof based on IP67 rating.  Submersible up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.  Rinse promptly with water to remove any residue from food, dirt, or other substances.

 
There are 19 comments

slicetwo says:

I wonder if CM10.1 for the regular S4 will work on this.

Come to Sprint! I am nursing my s2 till October. I would love to have this one

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Any word on storage? I am assuming 16gb.

mooread says:

Internal 16. SD up to 64.

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MarkSeven says:

"The Infrared controller is still there, as well, so you can control your rugged TV in your rugged home with this rugged device."

LOL

I'm seriously considering trading my S4. That rugged business is attractive...

geoff5093 says:

On Engadget they made a clear point that this is not a "rugged" phone, it simply is sealed to prevent water and dust from entering. So it sounds like it's not any more durable against drops and so forth.

miwaca says:

That's why I'm no longer interested in this device. When I first heard of the S4 Active I thought that we'd finally get a rugged offering with way better specs than the Rugby Pro and so on.

eahinrichsen says:

Seriously. I *really* want a top-tier [actually] rugged device. I don't care if it's huge, as long as it's at least a little sleeker than a Galaxy device with a Defender case on it, which is what people who travel a lot or work outdoors are stuck with anyhow.

mssca says:

You also should note that Engadget is paid by Apple Inc and Apple fanboys to say anything against Samsung and Samsung fanboys right?

adam1314#IM says:

Do you really think they are hard on Samsung because they love Apple? I don't get that impression at all.

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briankurtz79 says:

Verizon sucks. That is all

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Cory S says:

It just says a TFT screen...is it IPS?

Dutchmasta says:

I doubt it. I bet it would say IPS if it indeed was.

mooread says:

Does it still have a removable battery just like the reg s4? I was worried that being water resistant may change that.

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prediscover says:

How much onboard memory is there? it's rumored to have more than the regular s4, from 9GB to 11.5gb

NoNexus says:

memory or storage space? there is a huge difference.

If it comes with the most updated software, the 16GB should have 9+ GB available. The update actually trimmed the size of TW and the ROM in general

natataka says:

does this charge wireless?

jcawdell says:

That's the best question so far.