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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active : Features and Specifications.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active : Features and Specifications.


        After Sony’s water proof and dust resistant smartphone Xperia Z, Samsung has launched its first water and dust proof smartphone i.e. Galaxy S4 Active. Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Active are quite different from each other where we can say Galaxy S4 Active is better than Galaxy S4 only by its water and dust proof feature. Except water and dust proof, Galaxy S4 is better than Galaxy S4 Active.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Screen and Display


        Galaxy S4 Active supports 3G and 4G network using micro-SIM. It  is little bigger and heavier than Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z, measuring 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm and weighing 153 g. It has TFT capacitive touchscreen supporting 16M colors like Xperia Z rather than AMOLED capacitive touchscreen used in Samsung’s most of the devices. The advantage of using TFT is it is brighter than AMOLED but on the other side it consumes more power than AMOLED. The screen size is 5.0 inches containing 1080 x 1920 pixels with pixel density of ~441 ppi which is same as Xperia Z and Galaxy S4. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 which is not as tough as Corning Gorilla Glass 3 used in Galaxy S4.
Samsung Galaxy S4 v/s Samsung Galaxy S4 Active v/s Sony Xperia Z
Samsung Galaxy S4 v/s Samsung Galaxy S4 Active v/s Sony Xperia Z

Durability : Water proof and Dust proof


        Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is certified with IP67 that means it is dust proof (6) and water proof (7) and can withstand water up to 1 meter and 30 minutes while Sony Xperia Z was IP57 certified which means it is dust resistant (5) and water proof (7). Resistance does not guarantee that it will be entirely Dust proof. Little amount of dust may enter the phone but that will not affect any operation of the phone. Hence we can say Samsung Galaxy S4 active is slightly better than Sony Xperia Z.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Water proof
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Water proof

Processor and Memory


        Galaxy S4 Active has Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600, Quad Core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 processor which is better than Sony Xperia Z having Quad core 1.5 GHz.  Still Galaxy S4 remains at the top by defeating both Galaxy S4 Active and Xperia Z by using eight cores - Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7. With 2 GB of RAM integrated with Adreno 320 graphic card you can play all high graphic games without getting stuck. Galaxy S4 Active has 16 GB of internal memory and microSD card slot for expanding memory up to 64 GB, while Galaxy S4 comes with 16/32/64 GB of internal memory. It will run on Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active back side
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Camera featuring "Aqua Mode"


        Galaxy S4 Active has 8 MP primary camera supporting 3264 x 2448 pixels with autofocus, image stabilization and LED flash. Like Galaxy S4, it supports Simultaneous HD video and image recording with HDR technology that captures clear images against strong backlight with lesser noise and has secondary front camera of 2 MP. Both primary and secondary camera records video with 1080p@30fps. And with new Aqua Mode feature, you can capture underwater photos and record videos.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Underwater
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Underwater

Other Features


        Other features of this smartphone are USB On-the-go, infrared port, USB Host, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC enabled, Wi-Fi hotspot, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll and sensors like Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, gesture are embedded with the phone. It has no Radio.

Color and Price

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active in different colors
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active in different colors
        Galaxy S4 Active will be available in the market in three colors:- Urban Grey, Dive Blue, Orange Flare. Like Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active has Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery but it drains faster than Galaxy S4 because of the use of TFT touchscreen that consumes more power. Galaxy S4 Active is expected to have price of around Rs. 40,000 INR in India, £500 in UK and $600 in US.

Rating : 8.7/10



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