The ruggedized Galaxy S4 Active is real. It's been spotted on camera before, not to mention in various less dramatic leaks. The folks at MobileTechReview got their hands on one, and it looks pretty close to finished, assuming that they don't already have a production model. In the video below, you can see the tougher red chassis (probably water and dust-resistant to some degree) and physical navigation buttons, as previously featured on Samsung's Rugby models.

What's new in the video is confirmation about the guts of the S4 Active. While the Bosnian-localized unit makes it hard to verify, the narrator mentions a Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, notably less powerful than either the standard Exynos 5 octa-core or Snapdragon 600 featured on the standard Galaxy S4. It's also got a more typical 8 megapixel rear camera. Otherwise, according to MobileTechReview, the specifications are the same.

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Samsung's not afraid to muddy the waters of the Galaxy brand - after all, both the Galaxy S III Mini and Galaxy S4 Mini are far less powerful than their full-sized counterparts. But for the right kind of customer, and especially those who are unnerved by Samsung's reputation for flimsy plastic bodies, the S4 Active makes sense even with slightly lowered specs. Now we just need to wait for availability and pricing. An international release is certain, but availability on American carriers is up in the air.

MobileTechReview - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Caught on Video: Exclusive

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • besthiroeu

    That's Croatian localizaton, not Bosnian.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    The very best S4 Plus processor is the same one that was found in the US version of the Galaxy S III, a dual-core model with an Adreno 225 GPU. The camera is also one of the best parts of the GS4, so sticking in a lower-end sensor is a pretty lame move, too.

    So no, this is definitely not a Galaxy S4 except ruggedized - it's a noticeably lower-end phone.

    • Nick Wheatley-Schaller

      What about the S4 Plus APQ8064?

      Quad Core Krait with Adreno 320. As seen in Nexus 4, Xperia Z, Optimus G


      • Matt Maddox

        the APQ8064 is a S4 Pro, not a S4 Plus ALL Pluses are Dual Core. Per your own link.

        • Nick Wheatley-Schaller

          Ahh, Plus vs Pro. To be honest I usually ignore the suffixes!

          • Butch mayday

            If it has a quad core s4 pro it will still be a beast after all its practically just s 600 with slower clock speed

    • Aymen Fadhel

      It's a quad core, it can't be an S4 Plus.

      • andy_o

        That looks like a Snapdragon 600.

    • hot_spare

      This is the same SoC as in N4.

  • wolfkabal

    Once again, we can never have nice things. Everything about this I quite enjoy - though I know I'm going to take a beating on some of it. Physical buttons, YES! Rugged Exterior, YES. Made for people who use their phones away from a desk, YES! Gimped specs, NOOOOO! If this had the same specs as the standard S4, I'd sell my S3 in a heartbeat for this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      I'm one of the few who agree about the physical buttons. I don't know why people are so against them. Software buttons would be acceptable (read: not better) if software was 100% reliable, but it never is, so software buttons can never be better than physical buttons. Also, software buttons take away screen real estate.

      • http://www.facebook.com/RDJCook Rob Cook

        You do realize that the hardware button press is ultimately being converted to a software action right?

    • Nicholas Loomans

      I'm still on an S1 waiting for that dream, brother!

  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

    bet the price will be the same... ohh sammy....

  • Alvin Brinson

    Why why why why, do they think that people who want a RUGGED device do not care about having a POWERFUL device? Yet again, rugged is equated with "construction worker who wouldn't know Android from IOS from a hole in the ground" stereotype, and so they slap something together with cheap internals.

    • Cuvis

      C'mon, these aren't bad specs by any means. It's still a very powerful quad-core proc. Yeah, it's not quite as high end as the one in the GS4, but I'd use it and be very happy.

    • ethicsg

      buy a Sony Acro S

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    Remember how everyone made a big hoo-ha when HTC released their "girly phone" - the purple Rhyme? It was lower specc'd than HTC's flagship(s) at the time, and this had all the female tech reviewers in a tizzy about how HTC was perpetuating gender discrimination by treating them like dumb tech-illiterate bimbos...

    Well, here's Samsung's contribution to this strange marketing strategy, albeit aimed towards the more... macho segment of the market.

    I'm waiting to see the construction workers get all worked up about how Sammy thinks they're just "stupid meatheads" or something lol

    • Ivan Petkovic

      Nah, they don't owe me anything, and in making such a presumption, they are probably right, most of my coworkers never heard of "Snapdragon" or "Exynos". I'm more excited about two combined facts: Google Edition S4 and lack of Exynos variant worldwide. Combine the two, and I'll be able to run CM on any S4 I can get, w/o problems I had with CM on GS3, buggy camera (int. variant, so Exynos).

      Or I'll get Note. No CM there (would be illogical), but nice phone nevertheless.

      And yes, I wouldn't mind it in rubber, but those reduced specs - I'll pass. And yes I'm aware that the most sensitive part of a phone is not a body, it's screen.
      Construction worker here, ofc...

  • iamnotfan

    9 out of 10 person , i know who use Android
    Don't know or Don't care,

    what is snapdragon or Jelly bean

  • JJ

    I'd no doubt be taking this phone to places where a 13mp camera would be a much better option. Shame.

  • Golden Chen

    camouflage cloth pattern Galaxy s4 battery door replace the old version. this design is made by textile ejected, yes, with many different pattern and color. easy to install.with the textile injection, makes the s4 back door cover durable and no bad smell.
    I like the army pattern.you may search at gadget2us
    yes. I like the case with favor price. also can stick a wireless receiver card.