Galaxy S4

Water and dust resistant Samsung Galaxy S4 Active could be on store shelves this summer

A couple of days ago we told you that a Samsung executive let it slip that there was a rugged version of the Galaxy S4 in the works, and today the Wall Street Journal says the same. According to their sources, the water and dust resistant version will be called the Galaxy S4 Active, and we should see it this summer in July.

Without a doubt there is a market for "weather proof" phones. Motorola has offered a few along the years and while they aren't always pushing the edge with the latest specifications, they are popular with folks wanting equipment that will stand up to less than ideal conditions. Should Samsung release their top-end phone in a version that can take a little extra abuse, it should get some attention.

With July just a few months away, we should know more soon. We'll keep you updated.

Source: Wall Street Journal

There are 25 comments

Vorpal_Droid says:

How would the specs on the rugged compare to the normal GS4?

SpookDroid says:

I expect the specs to be the same, but I can't wait for the blow of the price premium they'll put on this phone. If S4 already bears a hefty price tag, imagine a waterproof one.

I wonder if they'll change the materials or just use that magic, water-repellent material shown a while back by some wizards, ehem, company.

keyzlife says:

How about they focus on getting the Std. S4 released for the time being...

Right. Because it would be foolish to plan beyond the release of your upcoming phone. I'm sure glad you're not running things at Sammy.

keyzlife says:

LOL. Oh yeah???...

ExtremeNerd says:

Yeah...these things are generally planned 15-18 months ahead of release date. This phone has probably been planned for ages and in production for the last 6 months. This is not a new development, it's how the industry works.

keyzlife says:

Wow. Never thought I would have been taken so literally. :-D Before anyone else gets worked up, I was being sarcastic. I am quite aware of the evolution of technology. I was simply venting on the delays that are preventing me from getting my new S4 from T-Mobile.

JawjaBill says:

I took it literally and I agree. July of what year?

JohnJSal says:

So you'd rather NOT know about your buying options before you make such an expensive purchase?

deadlock4400 says:

@Jerry Hildenbrand

Thanks for the lovely post.

now a day all the high end smartphone should be dust proof, water proof n shock proof too.

Thanks in Advance

Joel E says:

Jerry I couldnt agree more that theres a market for water-proof, hell dustproof too. I think that should be next step in all OEM innovation, making these phones immune to any element that can render our $800 mini super computers into paper weights.

acrewdog says:

I think that the president of google said the dame thing recently. This is the perfect application for a plastic screen, removing the chance of shattering.

I assume this is going to get a similar treatment as the Galaxy Rugby.

joebob2000 says:

As long as i can stop having the nightmare where i fall into a body of water with my phone in my pocket, you can name your price.

Vorpal_Droid says:

I hate those nightmares

ScottJ says:

I thought we already had a rugged version of the SGS4...It's called the HTC One.

mstrblueskys says:

Snarky... I like it!

sooner7 says:

Funny since that sexy alum. uni body will wear faster than that cheap plastic.

Disclaimer: no I am not trolling, I like the One better by far.

ScottJ says:

It was a joke. I don't believe it myself. I don't buy into the "plastic is cheap" argument but it was sitting out there like a ripe fruit begging to be picked and I couldn't resist.

calvin35 says:

So this thing will not have a removable battery and will be sealed shut right?

SpookDroid says:

The Motorola phone that started it all (can't remember the name, though) had a removable battery and was still waterproof. If they could manage to do that four years ago, they can do it now, don't you think?

planoman says:

I would be interested if it is not all bulky but more like the Xperia. And 32 gb!

Gearu says:

The key word here is Resistant, which is not Proof.
Not worth bothering with.

MidMoMonkey says:

Water resistant is better than nothing. I have an otterbox defender case on my HTC One but I still don't want to ever drop it. I would love to have a water resistant phone just for the extra protection in case my phone was ever submerged but I would never intentionally put one in water.

zakth says:

They are keeping the home button? Figured that would be nixed in a waterproof version.