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CNET First Look
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active hands-onSamsung's Galaxy S4 line gets another family member in the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, a hardened, ruggedized spin-off of the company's flagship model.
Hey, guys. This is Brian Bennett for cnet.com and we are actually at an event in New York taking out the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. Now, what separates this phone apart from its cousin, which is the Galaxy S4 is that, basically, this phone is ruggedized in way that it is splash-proof, you can put it in water submerging up to 30 feet, I believe. And you can also expose it to dust and other like particles and dirty things like that, so it makes a very good product to take to the beach, you don't have to worry about it being in underwater or getting a stuffed up in that way. It also has a very cool feature called the Aqua mode which is a camera setting, which allows you to take photos underwater. Basically, what you do is you setup Aqua mode and you can press the volume button or the camera button to basically record a snapshot or a video which is pretty cool. And the reason I do that is because they could [unk] of buttons that you usually use to operate the phone well-- not to operate underwater due to the pressure and also the fact that it uses static electricity to begin and register a command. So there you have it. We got-- look at the buttons here on the button of the Galaxy S4 Active. You can tell these are physical piece not capacitive which is pretty cool. It's actually not too much thicker than the actual Galaxy S4 that isn't splash-proof or waterproof. So, you can see it's actually pretty thin as seen, kinda polycarbonate plastic back and the one difference that you can tell here is that this is 8 megapixel camera as opposed to the 13 megapixel camera which is on the Galaxy S4. Right now, this is a global device but it actually will be coming to AT&T at some point. So we're not sure exactly when or what the price will be but hopefully will be soon and hopefully will be in time for the summer and that way you could take it to the beach, take to the pool or anything like that. There you have it folks. This has been a first look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active.