Purported Galaxy S4 Active model now captured on video

May 21, 2013
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After having been apparently seen and photographed in Croatia, the rugged Galaxy S4 model, reportedly called Galaxy S4 Active, now stars in a short video.

As you can see in the images and video, the design of this purported Galaxy S4 Active model is slightly different than the default Galaxy S4 version.

The Galaxy S4 Active is said to come with a “metallic shell with bolts on the back” according to yesterday’s reports and apparently features three hardware buttons instead of just one on the front side. These are most likely design choices dictated by the fact that the Active has to be a rugged device, capable of withstanding shocks and water accidents. We’ll also notice again that red metal case, or is that what Metallic Orange looks like? That’s assuming we’re looking at the real deal here, of course.

Previous reports did claim that a metal-based Galaxy S4 prototype was appreciated internally at Samsung and we can’t but wonder whether that rumored device is in any way similar to the rugged model shown in these images.

The handset apparently has model number GT-I9295, which isn’t exactly similar to the Galaxy S4’s model number (GT-I9500/GT-I9505). According to yesterday’s pictures, the phone sports a 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor with Adreno 320GPU, but the video tells us it’s not the Snapdragon 600. Instead we’re apparently looking at a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU. However, the S4 Plus family of system on chips do not come with Adreno 320 graphics, but the S4 Pro does – a previous rumor did say that the phone will pack an S4 Pro CPU instead of a newer one.

Other features include a 1920 x 1080 display (480 dpi) and an 8-megapixel shooter. The short video doesn’t offer us any other details about the handset, but we are told that it has dustproof covers and a “kinda rugged exterior.”

Actual availability details for the Galaxy S4 Active are not mentioned at this time, and it’s not clear why the device has been showcased in Croatia in the first place. We’ll remind you that just a few days ago we saw this particular product name confirmed by a Samsung WatchON app update – previously, Samsung has only confirmed that a rugged Galaxy S4 model was in the making, without specifying its actual commercial name.

We’ll be back with more details about the handset once we have them.

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