Samsung has confirmed that its new Galaxy S4 Active, a water and dust resistant Android smartphone, will be released in Australia "later this year".
Officially announced earlier this week, the Galaxy S4 Active is a rugged version of the Galaxy S4 that's water and dust-resistant. The device is rated to IP67 standards so it will survive being submerged in one metre of water for up to 30 minutes.
Following the global announcement, Samsung Australia confirmed to GoodGearGuide that it plans to release the Galaxy S4 Active Down Under "later this year", though it refused to comment on specific pricing or availability details.
"Following the global announcement this week, Samsung Electronics Australia is excited to confirm the arrival of the Galaxy GS4 Active in Australia later this year.
We will share more information around local availability of this latest addition to the Galaxy GS4 range soon."
The Galaxy S4 Active is basically a variant of the regular Galaxy S4, so not too much has changed.
The device is taller, wider and just over 20g heavier than the original, has physical shortcut buttons on the front, and uses a TFT touchscreen rather than the Super AMOLED panel of its counterpart.
The Galaxy S4 Active's camera has also been downgraded from 13-megapixels to 8-megapixels, though the presence of an "Aqua Mode" allows users to capture underwater photos and videos.
Like the original Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S4 Active is expected to work on Australian 1800MHz 4G networks used by Telstra, Optus and in the near future, Vodafone.
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