Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
Brand Samsung
Manufacturer Samsung
Series Samsung Galaxy S4 (series)
Compatible networks UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) Mhz (not available in all markets)
UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) (not available in all markets) GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
First released 17 May 2013; 20 months ago (2013-05-17)
Availability by country

17 May 2013; 20 months ago (2013-05-17) (Japan)

17 June 2013; 19 months ago (2013-06-17) (India, Taiwan)

4 July 2013; 19 months ago (2013-07-04) (Hong Kong, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden)

18 July 2013; 18 months ago (2013-07-18) (Malaysia)

22 August 2013; 17 months ago (2013-08-22) (USA)

18 September 2013; 16 months ago (2013-09-18) (Japan)
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy S3
Related Samsung Galaxy S4
Type Smartphone
Form factor Slate

131.3 mm (5.17 in) H
67.3 mm (2.65 in) W

10.5 mm (0.41 in)
Weight 138 g (4.87 oz)
Operating system Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (initial)
Android 4.4 Kit Kat (current)
System on chip Qualcomm® Snapdragon 600 APQ64 processor
CPU 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Quad Core
GPU Adreno 320
Memory 2 GB RAM
Storage 8 GB
Removable storage up to 64 GB microSDHC (officially)
up to 64 GB microSDXC (unofficially)
Battery 2,330 mAh 13 hours talk time, 520 standby, removable
Data inputs Multi-touch, capacitive touchscreen, proximity sensor

5 in (130 mm) diagonal TFT

1920x1080 px (~323 ppi) and Sony BRAVIA Engine 2 with Scratch-resistant and Shatter-proof glass[1]
Rear camera

13 MP IMX135 Exmor RS back-side illuminated sensor with LED flash

1080p video recording @ 30 frames/s 16x Digital Zoom[2]
Front camera VGA

4G LTE(100 Mbit/s)[3] LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20) GPS
Micro USB 2.0
Bluetooth 4.0
UMTS HSPA+ (Bands 1, 3, 5, 8 or bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8)
Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz


Available in black, pink, cyan and white

IP55 / IP58 (Dust protected, Water jet protected & Waterproof)[3]

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is an Android smartphone produced by Samsung Electronics. As variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the S4 Active contains similar specifications, but it also features water and dustproofing designed around the IP67 specifications, along with a more rugged design. This device was succeeded by the Galaxy S5 Active.


The S4 Active was first released in the United States by AT&T on 21 June 2013 in "Diver Blue" and "Urban Grey" colors, its model number is SGH-i537.[4] An international version of the S4 Active was released in late 2013, its model number is GT-I9295.[5]


The S4 Active inherits most of its hardware components from the S4, including an identical Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 5-inch 1080p display. However, its display is a TFT LCD display instead of the S4's Super AMOLED, and the S4 Active uses an 8 megapixel camera instead of the 13 megapixel camera of the S4. Its hardware design is similar to the S4, except it is slightly thicker, has metallic rivets, includes flaps to cover ports when not in use, and uses three physical navigation keys instead of a physical home key and capacitive back/menu keys like the S4. The S4 Active is designed towards the IP67 specifications, meaning that it can withstand up to 30 minutes underwater at a maximum depth of 1 meter (3.3 feet), and is also resistant to dust. The S4 Active launched with similar software to the S4, Android 4.2.2 with TouchWiz. Its camera software replaces the "Dual Shot" mode with an "Aqua Mode" designed for taking photos underwater, which disables the touchscreen and uses the volume keys as a shutter.[6]

An update to Android 4.4.2 "KitKat" was released for the AT&T model in April 2014, although the deployment was temporarily halted until June 2014 due to technical issues.[7] International version received its KitKat update in late May 2014.[5]


Engadget was positive in its review of the S4 Active, noting that the S4 Active had a more "high-end" appearance than the normal S4, had a more comfortable feel due to its thicker build, and that its buttons were "definitely superior" from a usability standpoint. However, regressions from the S4 were also noted, such as its lower display quality in comparison to the Super AMOLED.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sony, Website. "Sony official website". Sony Mobile. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Sony, Website. "Sony official website". 
  3. ^ a b "Hands on: Sony Xperia Z review". TechRadar. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S4 Active coming to AT&T June 21st for $199.99, pre-orders begin tomorrow". Engadget. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Samsung rolling out KitKat to the international version of the Galaxy S4 Active". Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  6. ^ a b "Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review". Engadget. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "AT&T resumes Android 4.4.2 rollout for Galaxy S4 Active". GSMArena. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 

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