Samsung expands its super tough collection of smartphones with a proposed height: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, direct descendant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that the Korean Company presented in mid-March.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a phone equipped with a 5-inches multitouch LCD screen, a processor of four cores and camera up to 8-MP. Best of all is that Samsung has decided to incorporate this smartphone as part of intelligent functions and premiered at the Samsung Galaxy S4. We refer to tools like Air Gesture, Smart Scroll / Pause or S Health, the software that helps to control and monitor the user’s health. These must be added excellent performance capacity to Samsung Galaxy S4 Active to resist elements as harmful as water and dust. Here we have hands on review of Samsung Galaxy S4 Active:

Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active – Technical Specifications

General

Network 2G, 3G and also 4G
SIM Micro-SIM
Status Announced at June 2013, Exp. Release at Q3 2013

Body

Weight 153-g (5.4 oz)
Dimensions 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm (5.5 x 2.81 x 0.36 in)

Display

Size 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441ppi pixel density)
Type TFT Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors

Sound

Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV Ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
Jack 3.5mm Yes

Memory

Internal 16-GB (11.2-GB user available), 2-GB RAM
Card slot microSD, up to 64-GB
   Data WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE
USB Yes, MicroUSB v2.0 (MHL 2), USB Host
Others NFC, GPRS, EDGE, Infrared, HSDPA 42Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps

Camera

Primary 8-MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, Auto-focus, LED Flash
Features Simultaneous HD video and image recording, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face and Smile detection, Image stabilization, HDR, Aqua mode
Secondary Yes, 2-MP,1080p@30fps, Dual video call
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, Dual-video rec.

Battery

 Model Li-Ion 2600-mAh, Also supports Wireless Charging system
Stand-by (2G) / Up to 350 h (3G) (to be expected as of S4)
Talk time (2G) / Up to 17 h   (3G) (to be expected as of S4)

Features

OS Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) with TouchWiz UI
Chipset Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600
CPU Quad-Core 1.9-GHz Krait 300
GPU Adreno 320
Sensors Accelerometer, Gesture, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Gyro
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Colors Black, Urban Grey, Orange Flare, Dive Blue
Browser HTML5
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Radio No
Others Air gestures, Dropbox (50-GB storage), Organizer, Voice memo/dial/ commands, MP3, MP4, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic,
TV-out (via MHL 2 A/V link), Predictive text input (Swype), Picasa
Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Image/video editor

Design and Display:

The new Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a pretty big phone, not surprisingly, the device is mounting a 5-inch multitouch LCD screen. In any case it complies with the dimensions of 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm and a weight of 151-grams, including the battery. Its design reminds us a lot to the Samsung Galaxy S4, although in this case the phone will be presented in four different colors: black, grey, blue and orange. It has a smooth surface and slightly rounded edges, making it a mobile phone very comfortable and pleasant to touch. But that’s not all.

The device integrates a 5-nches TFT LCD screen with a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, allowing us to enjoy content (movies, videos and images) in HD @ 1080p. It adds a density of 443 pixels per inch and a super-sensitive layer of Touch Glove to interact with the screen even with gloves or long fingernails.

There is a feature that to our attention is its IP67 certification. The phone becomes a useful piece to enjoy anywhere; in professional environments with heavy dust or water in the pool, on the beach, doing rafting or nature. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active features a completely sealed case, which keeps out any dust or innocuous liquids like water. In fact, you can submerge the device for 30 minutes in one meter deep water.

Camera:

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active carries an 8–MP camera that will allow us to take pictures at a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. The user can enjoy optimum quality like Auto focus, the LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus or face and smile detector. These features are complemented by other extras that Samsung already introduced for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and include; Face Beauty, Best Photo, Best Face, Drama, Rich Tone with High Dynamic Range, Sound & Shot, Sports, Panorama and Continuous Shot. We can also make recordings of high-definition video with HD 1080p @ 30fps and fully enjoy video calls through the secondary camera on the front of the smartphone.

But there is more. Being a waterproof device, Samsung has launched a feature called Water Mode. It works by increasing the image quality and clarity that are captured underwater to get good images and videos. In this way, you can take the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active holiday to make pictures in the pool water.

Memory and Power:

Samsung has given the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active with a 16-GB internal memory which can take advantage of around 11.2-GB. Here you can store your photo albums and recordings and even your job applications or files. However, you know that it is always advisable to take advantage of the storage capacity of the device. The user can extend the memory up to 64-GB cards. In this way, you will always have the space to save any files when you are hasty.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active does not lack for power. It hosted a processor of four cores prepared to operate at a clock frequency of 1.9-GHz. This feature is combined with a GPU graphics card Adreno 305 to enjoy a good performance in the graphic field (images, video games, multimedia) and with 2-GB of RAM.

Operating System and Applications:

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active runs through Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the platform of Google, equipped with significant improvements in the security field. Android has always been an operating system widely criticized because of the lack of security in Google Play, the official app store. This edition comes dressed with the Samsung TouchWiz interface, which usually apply a Samsung layer to their smartphones with Android in order to customize the operation of the terminal and add some house services developed by the company.

Samsung has wanted to give the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active with a number of features previously we had seen in the Samsung Galaxy S4 and we were very pleasantly surprised. It is tools like Smart Pause and Scroll, Air View and Gesture, Samsung WatchON, S Translator, S Travel, S Health or Story Album. Samsung did not want to integrate the application Samsung KNOX, useful for safely combining personal and professional life in one smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active incorporates direct access to all the services of Google. You will find installed standard applications; Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Messenger, Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Local, Google Navigation, Voice Search, Chrome, Google Play Books, Play Movies and Play Music. From Google Play you can download applications, utilities and games, with over 600000 proposals to choose between free and paid.

Connectivity:

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active networks are operating on LTE Cat3, HSPA + 42/5.76Mbps, EDGE / GPRS Class 12.  Users can still connect to 3G network with HSDPA 42 Mbps / HSUPA 5.76 Mbps to access the Internet in a more agile way. They can also connect to Wi-Fi networks and enjoy any wireless connections available. The phone adds other features like Wi-Fi Hotspot or Wi-Fi Direct; a technology that helps transfer content in a much more rapid between the devices.

This smartphone also has DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR and NFC (Near Field Communication), the new file transfer technology for short range. Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has integrated the GPS functions that allow you to enjoy browsing on the fullest even to use the phone like a dedicated GPS navigator for the car. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has an inlet 2.0 MicroUSB, one 3.5-mm output for headphones and a slot for microSD card, useful to extend the memory of the device.

Music, Video, Photos and Multimedia:

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is perfectly prepared for playback media. It has detailed technical compatibility with the following formats;  MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA. Furthermore, by applying Group Play you can optimally organize and manage your content; images, music, documents and games. This system consists of the following sections; Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document and Play Games. You can also access various online services such as YouTube but also multimedia applications you’ll find in the store of Samsung Apps or Google Play, the formal establishment of Google for Android phones.

Autonomy:

Its battery has the same capacity of 2600-mAh as that of the Samsung Galaxy S4, so this gives us surely full guarantee in complete operation. In some tests, the Samsung Galaxy S4 did respond for three long days of hard work. In this case we must take into account that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active works through an LCD screen, whose consumption is higher when compared with AMOLED screens. However, we must be cautious to advance this kind of approach, since autonomy will depend on many factors that cannot be controlled; the state of the network, the options and active connections or the actual use by each terminal user.

Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active First Look

Verdict:

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a phone specially designed for those who want to take the smartphone everywhere, although working in unhealthy environments for electronics. We refer to places full of dust or which is in permanent contact with water. This is, without doubt, one of the main advantages of this device but the fact is that it is highlighting its broad bill 5-inch touchscreen, the camera can operate underwater and quad-core processor, prepared for high performance. To this we must add smart features own the Samsung Galaxy S4 as smart scroll and pause, AirGesture or S Health. We miss upper sensor to the camera and perhaps Samsung KNOX, an application that could be very useful in a professional environment.