Samsung announces ruggedised Galaxy S4 Active

s4activeKorean giant Samsung has announced a toughened version of its popular new flagship smartphone.

According to reports, the new Galaxy S4 Active is a ruggedised phone that’s dust and water resistant, certified to IP67 standards.

It’ll be powered by Android 4.2.2 and essentially run the same hardware as the bog-standard version – namely, that 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 16GB of flash inside plus its 4.8-inch full HD (1920 x 1080-pixel) resolution panel. The only major difference is that the screen is now a standard TFT LCD type, not Samsung’s Super AMOLED unit.

The phone will also include Samsung’s TouchWiz II software (no doubt there’ll be some ROMs available for those who prefer a lighter desktop).

Not surprisingly, the capacitive touch buttons are out, replaced by solid push-buttons for home, menu and back. Also changing is the camera – it’ll no longer be the 13MP sensor from the original S4 but a lower-spec’d and likely tougher 8MP option replacing it. The phone will continue to have one of the largest Lithium-ion batteries going around in a smartphone at the moment – the 2600mAh unit.

Samsung is expected to officially unveil the phone at a UK function on June 20. There’s no pricing at this stage or details about global launch at time of publishing, but we expect it to begin appearing at retail over the next three months.

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