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May
at&t active

The @evleaks Twitter account has become a surprisingly accurate source for pre-release hardware information, and the elusive Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is its latest target. The tipster revealed to The Unlockr that the ruggedized version of the S4 will be headed to AT&T's network in the near future, along with a handful of other Samsung phones, including the Galaxy S4 Mini, S III Mini, and the Galaxy Mega 6.3. Only the Active was shown with a convincing set of AT&T-branded press shots, so that's what we'll focus on.

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The Ma Bell variant of the Active will come with the SGH-I537 product name, according to the leak, and will be available in the smoky grey color shown above as well as teal. The Unlockr reports that the phone will be powered by a 1.9Ghz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, making it a true brother to the LTE Galaxy S4 (and clashing with some previously leaked information). The screen is the same 5-inch, 1080p Super AMOLED beauty seen on the non-ruggedized version of the hardware.

This leak gives us a pretty good look at the phone itself, and for a ruggedized device, it's pretty snazzy. The S4 Active successfully combines the tough-as-nails looks and physical control buttons of Samsung's Rugby Smart phones with the smooth lines and small bezels of the existing S4. It's a bit thicker, but that's a tradeoff for what will likely be at least some kind of military spec for water, dust, and shock resistance. It's still not clear if the S4 Active has a removable battery or MicroSD card slot, but for those looking for more durability in a full-sized smartphone, they might just be worthy trade-offs.

Consider all of this rumor until Samsung verifies it, possibly at the June 20th event in London - note the June 21st date in the press shots.

The Unlockr - Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Revealed for AT&T

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.
  • ProductFRED

    Worth mentioning that the camera is 8 MP vs 13 MP on the regular Galaxy S4. Not really an issue at all, just stating facts. This will be great for construction workers and people who just want an extra-durable phone.

  • wolfkabal

    Does this still have a removable battery? I'd think that might now be a sealed compartment for the "rugged" feature, but not sure.

    • Skander

      It does, look at the pictures, on the side it has a small opening for your nail to open it just like the S4.

    • Aymen Fadhel

      Above the power button (leftmost render) there is a hole that's probably there so you can remove the back. So yeah all we can speculate now is that the back is removable, the battery still might be sealed though.

    • jebova2301

      I know it is late, but it absolutely does.

      http://img.phonescoop.com/img/a/p/45760_800.jpg

      Also has a microsd card slot!!!

      Im ordering this bitch tomorrow

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

    This may be the replacement for my wife's iPhone 4, she's far to prone to dropping her phones into things she shouldn't.

  • evertjr

    I love these phones developed with resistence in mind. I remember good times with my old motorola defy, I never felt the need to put it in a case.

  • Tony

    Is it just me or are physical buttons not that appealing anymore?

    • acey_zero

      On screen buttons have some potential, but I much prefer physical over capacitive.

      • sds

        You can add on screen buttons if you like by rooting the phone, using Xposed Framework and a module that enables them

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