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A Samsung executive apparently confirmed during the Galaxy S4 launch event in Dubai that the company would announce a rugged version of its flagship smartphone at some point in the coming weeks.

Young Soo Kim, Samsung Gulf Electronics president, mentioned the water and dust proof Galaxy S4 in a Q&A session that took place during the event when asked why the company didn’t make such a device.

No other details have been revealed about the product at this time, so it will certainly be interesting to hear more about a water and dust proof Galaxy S4. And we’ll certainly take everything with a grain of salt even if it apparently comes from Samsung. Maybe something was lost in translation in there.

Such a product would directly compete against Sony’s flagship Android handset, the Xperia Z, also a smartphone that’s reportedly selling like hot cakes. In fact, the Xperia Z is the only flagship smartphone of the first months of the year that comes with waterproof capabilities, with competitors including the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One or the LG Optimus G Pro lacking such features.

While this Galaxy S4 model is yet to be official, we wouldn’t expect it to offer any other features in addition to water and dust proof features. However, we will note that such a device would be the first in the Galaxy S family to come with rugged characteristics.

Anyone looking forward to such a Galaxy S4 model?

  • Zombieman

    Like to see this with a ruggedized design build rather than an add on case. Still, waterproof/dustproof would make this pretty close to a must have for me.

  • definitely would like to see this make it

  • Might get this over note 3. This sounds like some bitchin build quality.

  • Nick

    This would seal the deal for me choosing the S4 over the Z (or any of the competition for that matter). I’ve only used water-/dust-proof phones over the last few years but I’ve been looking forward to moving up to a larger flagship phone. I was toying with the idea of the regular S4 with a Seidio or Otterbox case but to have the ruggedness built in would be much simpler.

  • Chuck Norris

    Definitely buying it if they make one.

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  • Neothereal

    Great, just add FM-radio and I will upgrade from S3!

    • alex


      although I think an FM Transmitter would be more useful.
      when natural disaster occurs it will become very handy.

  • qvs

    I have to buy OtterBox and Co. Ruggidized would be good.