Samsung targets adventurers with Galaxy S4 Active
Durability model said to be dust-, water-resistant
Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of its Galaxy S4 Active handset in the UAE.
The device is billed as a rugged sports version of the South Korean firm's flagship S4. Its design focuses on robustness and durability and according to Samsung the device attained an IP67 (International Protection standards) rating in resistance to dust and water, where the highest level is IP68.
"From rolling sand dunes to rocky wadis, this life companion is engineered to keep you connected whilst exploring the world around you," the company said in an emailed statement.
A sealed design aims to keep dust particles at bay and protect against water damage for "up to 30 minutes of submergence at a depth of one metre".
"The Gulf region is a playground for adventurers and those looking to explore the great outdoors and so we are very excited to launch the Galaxy S4 Active; the newest addition to the Galaxy series," said Hayssam Yassine, head of Telecommunications Group at Samsung Gulf Electronics.
"Samsung has taken the innovative features of the Galaxy S4 and added breakthrough protective design elements, making it the perfect companion for a lifestyle of travel and exploration."
The S4 Active is powered by a 1.9 GHZ Quad-Core processor and 2,600mAh battery. The display is a 5-inch Full HD TFT LCD screen with 443ppi resolution. A Glove Touch feature, allows the touchscreen to respond to gloved fingers.
GALLERY: Samsung's Galaxy S4 Active
The main camera is 8-megapixels and is operable underwater. Aqua Mode can be used to increase visual quality and clarity for enhanced underwater images and video, a feature that Samsung claims is unique to the S4 Active. In the spirit of the action-oriented users Samsung hopes to entice, the S4 Active's volume key located on the side of the device can be used as a camera button, allowing quick opening of the camera app to capture photo or video at a moment's notice. Additionally, the camera transforms into a powerful LED flash light with a long-press of the volume key.
The S4 Active also incorporates many of the standard features of its flagship parent model.
S Travel (Trip Advisor) offers travel assistance, local information, and recommendations on local attractions while S Translator provides instant text or voice translation for emails and text messages.
Post-capture imaging software integrates with the camera, such as Drama Shot, which allows users to see all the action in one continuous time-lapse, and Sound & Shot, which stores sound and voice together with the image.
With Story Album, photos taken with the Galaxy S4 Active are collected and sorted according to a user's timeline, geo-tagging information or a specific event to instantly create an organized photo album. To help facilitate sharing, users can also use the Group Play function to for music, photos, documents and games across various devices including Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8.
Samsung Smart Pause enables users to control of the screen using optical cues. While watching a video, the video pauses when the user looks away and starts right up again when returning to view. Air View allows preview of the content of an email by simply hovering your fingers over the screen. With Air Gesture, users can change the music track, scroll up and down on a webpage, or accept a call with a simple wave of the hand. Additionally, S Health helps keep track of personal health statistics. When paired with the S Health Accessory, users can monitor heart rate, weight, sleep pattern and other personal measurements.
GALLERY: Samsung's Galaxy S4 Active
Using Samsung Hub, users can access music, videos, books, games and other content through a magazine-style interface, across a range of services, as well as purchase and manage content through a single Samsung Account. Users can also control their TV through Samsung WatchON's IR remote, which transforms the Galaxy S4 Active into a remote control for TVs, set-top boxes, and DVD players. Through ‘WatchON', the Galaxy S4 Active also offers a selection of entertainment content including live TV, cable TV and video on demand, via Samsung's EPG (Electronic Program Guide) system.
ChatON connects and facilitates group chats, media sharing and interaction, using pictures, hand drawings or figures across mobile devices. Users can also use Samsung Link to share and sync content across multiple Samsung digital devices.
The Galaxy S4 Active is available at all major retail outlets in the UAE. Consumers will be able to pre-order the device on pre-paid and post paid data plans from Etisalat for AED 2,299. By subscribing to the pre-paid plan users will receive 1GB of data free for the first three months, which will follow with a monthly rental of AED 99. Post-paid customers with no contracts will get 10GB data, 800 local minutes or 200 international minutes and 200 SMS's for a monthly rental of AED225 as part of Etisalat's "Smartest Deal" offer launched recently. Also, post-paid customers with contracts will receive a free device with zero upfront, with 2GB of data for 18 months with a monthly rental of AED 249.