Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: Waterproof, dustproof smartphone outed in video

It's been rumored for a while, but a newly released video (on Tuesday) seems to out the device completely. It's the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, and Active means it's designed for use outdoors -- and it's even waterproof.

However, this ruggedized version of Samsung's current and recently released flagship hasn't been officially announced yet. As such, details about the S4 Active's hardware are still unclear.

The video, for one, says that the phone has a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. However, earlier leaks have pointed to a quad-core Snapdragon CPU. Coming, as it would seem from the language on the settings screen, from Croatia, it's a tad bit disconcerting.

The reason it's disconcerting is because of the recent trend among Samsung's recent flagship phone. U.S. buyers of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4 were shortchanged in terms of cores -- the Galaxy S III came with a dual-core processor in the U.S., quad-core almost everywhere else.

The Galaxy S4 comes with eight-cores elsewhere, and quad-cores in the U.S. These changes are the result, though, not of (just) cost-cutting, but because the Qualcomm CPUs have integrated LTE chipsets, which save both cost and battery.

It's doubtful, though, that Samsung would go any lower than dual-core for an S4 device, even if it adds other features while reducing the device's pure processing speed.

The S4 Active isn't just waterproof, it's also dust-proof and adds physical buttons, nice for those who might want to press a few while wearing gloves. Pricing and availability are still unclear.

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