Samsung’s water resistant Galaxy S4 Active is now now available on contract with Celcom. Retailing at RM1,899 outright, the Galaxy S4 Active is offered from as low as RM1,338 on its Celcom First plan with Mobile Internet add-on.
The full bundled pricing are as follows:
Celcom First Prime with 1GB/3GB Internet (12 months) – RM1,638
Celcom First Prime with 1GB/3GB Internet (18 months) – RM1,588
Celcom First Premier with 1GB/3GB Internet (12 months) – RM1,538
Celcom First Premier with 1GB/3GB Internet (18 months) – RM1,488
Celcom First Elite with 1GB/3GB Internet (12 months) – RM1,438
Celcom First Elite with 1GB/3GB Internet (18 months) – RM1,338
To recap, the Galaxy S4 Active has similar specs as the original Galaxy S4 LTE specs with a 1.9GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm processor and 4G LTE support. However there’s a slight notch down in couple of aspects including a lower 8MP camera and a 5″ Full HD display which uses TFT LCD instead of Super AMOLED. Despite being a water resist device, the back cover is removable which gives you access to its 2,600mAh battery.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s Galaxy S4 Active page.
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The water resistant Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is now available in Malaysia with the price tag of RM1,899. This is Samsung’s answer to the water friendly devices coming from Sony such as the Xperia Z, Xperia ZR and the recently launched Xperia Z Ultra.
In terms of specs, it is rather similar to the original Galaxy S4 but with some minor changes here and there. While the front 5″ Full HD 1080p display size is retained, the S4 Active uses the standard TFT LCD display instead of Super AMOLED that’s found on the S4 models. Powering the device is a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor (similar to the S4 LTE version) with 2GB of RAM and it comes with 16GB of on-board storage. Another change is the main camera which is swapped with a 8MP shooter instead. For those who are looking forward to get the fastest mobile internet speeds, don’t fret as the S4 Active supports 4G LTE connectivity as well.
In terms of size, the Galaxy S4 Active is obviously bulkier than the standard S4 but comes with more rugged body construction. It weighs 153 grams (23 grams more than S4) and has a slimness of 9.1mm (1.2mm thicker). Rated with an IP67 water and dust resistance, the S4 active can be submerged under 1 metre for 30 minutes which is similar to the Xperia Z. On the plus side, the volume rocker on the S4 Active doubles up as a camera shutter button which is useful when taking pictures underwater. The back cover is still removable despite being a submersible device, giving access to the 2,600mAh battery, microSD and micro SIM slots.
For more information, head over to Samsung Malaysia’s Galaxy S4 Active page.
After a number of unofficial reveals, there’s nothing much left to the imagination when Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S4 Active (i9295). Targeted to the outdoorsy types (or people who are just can’t be bothered to take care of their phones), the Galaxy S4 Active is essentially an i9505 Galaxy S4 packed in a rugged aluminium IP67-rated shell, so you get a 1.9 GHz Quad-Core processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, microSD slot for cards up to 64GB and a 2,600mAh battery along with an IR blaster and the whole host of Samsung Smart features like Smart Pause and Air View. And yes, there’s LTE support as well.
But unlike the S4, the S4 Active gets a 8MP rear camera instead of a 13MP unit on the S4 (2MP front remains the same) and a 5-inch TFT LCD display instead of a Super AMOLED unit like on the standard S4, both displays are full 1080p HD units. In line with its rugged nature, the display on the S4 Active is able to register touch inputs even if the user is wearing gloves.
The S4 Active’s IP67 dust and water protection means the device is sealed from dust and is capable of being submerged for 30 minutes at a depth of one meter. Speaking about being submerged underwater, the S4 Active features an ‘Aqua Mode’ for enhanced underwater images and video. When underwater, the volume key on the S4 Active can be used as a camera button.
This puts the Galaxy S4 Active firmly in the territory dominated by Sony with its line of IP rated phones like the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZR with its dedicated camera but. Considering how Samsung are marketing and advertising heavyweights, Sony should be worried because it’s easy to see how the Korean tech giant can very easily take over a niche that Sony created.
No specific date on a Malaysia release at the moment but word has it that the S4 Active could available within these couple of months. In terms of pricing, our guesstimate puts the S4 Active somewhere between the i9500 S4 and the i9505 unit.
Image gallery after the jump.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active gets another online public appearance and this time in the form of official press pics for AT&T in dark grey colour. Earlier on, the Galaxy S4 Active was spotted in striking red.
Expected to be revealed officially on 20th June, the Galaxy S4 Active is seen as a competitor to Sony’s water and dust resistant Xperia Z smart phone. The specs are rumoured to have a Full HD 5″ display with a quad-core 1.9GHz Qualcomm processor. Instead of the 13MP shooter, the Galaxy S4 Active comes with a 8MP camera instead.
If the final product does come with metal/aluminium materials with rugged rubberised plastics, this would be a more aesthetically appealing device than the original flagship Galaxy S4. In terms of water resistance, hopefully it is capable to go underwater for a swim.
Samsung has kicked off a teaser of its upcoming event that’s happening in London on the 20th June 2013. It doesn’t say much except that they will be premiering its Galaxy & ATIV line up which is their branding of Android & Windows based devices.
What could these be? For Galaxy, we would expect Samsung to announce their long rumoured Galaxy S4 mini, Mega and Active. Meanwhile on the Windows front, we expect a new range of Hybrid tablet/notebooks and smart phone to replace the current ATIV SMART PC & ATIV S. Another speculation is that a new Galaxy Camera might be in the works including super camera phone which is said to be called the Galaxy S4 Zoom.
The event will be streaming live at Samsung’s YouTube Channel.
There has been much talk about a Galaxy S4 variant that’s built to withstand damage from excessive exposure to dust and water but there has been very little substance to back up the hype. Up till now.
The Galaxy S4 Active makes a brief appearance in the video after the jump sporting physical navigation buttons (over the S4’s capacitive fare) and a 1080p HD display. Other details we can gather from the video include a Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU which contradicts an earlier leak of the S4 Active that revealed a 1.9GHz quad-core processor. Considering Samsung might want to extend the battery life of this rugged smartphone, the dual-core Snapdragon makes more sense over a quad-core processor. Other specs include a 8MP rear camera that, like the rest of the details of the S4 Active, has not yet been confirmed.
Judging by the frequency of these leaks, you can expect Samsung to go official with the Galaxy S4 Active pretty soon. And judging by the speed in which Samsung brings its latest devices to Malaysia, we’re guessing the S4 Active might be available in stores before October.
Video after the jump.
Samsung is not letting Sony having all the fun in the water and here we have is the purported Samsung Galaxy S4 Active with water and dust resistance. Seen as a direct competitor of Sony’s Xperia Z, the S4 Active comes with top notch specs such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad-Core 1.9GHz processor with a 5″ Full HD display like the current flagship device.
Over at the front, it comes with 3 physical buttons which makes it usable in any tough situations while the opposite side sports a metal looking back secured with bolts. In terms of imaging, it comes with a 8MP camera instead of a 13MP shooter found on the S4.
If the rest of the specs are similar as the S4, it should also pack a 13MP shooter as well.
Apart from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, more S4 variants such as the Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 Mega are expected to be released as well. This was unofficially confirmed in the description of Samsung’s WatchON app which has been changed at time of posting.
Head after the break for another shot of the S4 Active.