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Rugged Galaxy S4 to be announced in the coming weeks, Samsung exec apparently says

A Samsung exec has apparently said during the Dubai Galaxy S4 launch that a rugged version of the handset would be announced in the coming weeks.
April 23, 2013
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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?