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Samsung plans a hard-core Galaxy S4, says report

The mighty device maker also plans to release an 8-inch Galaxy tablet and a smaller version of the S4, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Samsung Galaxy S4
The Galaxy S4 could one day have a rough and tumble twin. Sarah Tew/CNET

Samsung wants you to be able to take a Galaxy device with you wherever you may roam... or swim, or sandboard.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the Korean monolith plans to release a variant of the much anticipated Galaxy S4 Android smartphone dubbed the Galaxy S4 Active that will be waterproof and dust proof but still have the same look and feel as the flagship S4.

The report, which cites an anonymous source, also says Samsung plans a new 8-inch Galaxy tablet and a smaller, 4.3-inch version of the Galaxy S4.

All this, while unconfirmed, seems in keeping with Samsung's general approach to be all things to all consumers when it comes to mobile devices, offering a dizzying variety of lines in a multitude of shapes, sizes and other variations. A rugged Galaxy S4 could make sense for government customers or corporate users who face an array of environments worldwide.

Speaking of dizzying, the Journal's source also says Samsung has seen four times as many pre-orders for the standard Galaxy S4 as for its predecessor, the Galaxy S3.

CNET has contacted Samsung for comment on the Journal report. We will update this story when we have more information.

On Thursday, Verizon opened pre-orders for the 16GB Galaxy S4, but shipping may not start until May 30. This came after T-Mobile and AT&T announced delays to their planned rollout of the new phone, leaving AT&T to be the lone major carrier with a clear availability date -- it plans to have the Galaxy S4 in its stores starting Saturday.

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