Samsung Electronics South Africa, a leader in mobile technology and digital solutions, confirmed the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. This device has been designed to enhance the active user’s life experiences, who want to stay connected while exploring environments ranging from the most rugged mountain trails to the roughest rivers.
“The Galaxy S4 Active is the newest addition to the Galaxy series and is purposefully designed for active users who love the outdoors,” says Craige Fleischer, director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics SA.

“Samsung has taken the innovative features of the Galaxy S4 and added additional protective design elements to create a device that thrives in an active environment and is built for a lifestyle of travel and exploration.”

Recognising the demands of an active lifestyle, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active was engineered to keep the on-the-go user connected while exploring and experiencing the world around them.

The Galaxy S4 Active has qualified protection from dust and water (IP67), so you never have to leave the device at home during a long day at the beach or while on a sandy hike. The fully sealed design keeps dust particles out and protects against water damage at a depth of one meter, with up to 30 minutes of submersion.

Equipped with a water-resistant earphone jack, the Galaxy S4 Active frees you to use earphones in more adventurous conditions – whether capturing every moment of a wild rafting trip or taking underwater photos while scuba diving. The device’s unique construction lets users capture amazing moments previously impossible – using a normal smartphone.

An active lifestyle requires plenty of energy and endurance – that is way the Galaxy S4 Active offers a long-lasting and powerful user experience.

Featuring a 1.9 GHZ Quad-Core processor and 2,600mAh battery, the device can handle the most intensive tasks with ease and precision. The striking colour and resolution on the beautiful 5-inch Full HD TFT LCD screen (443 PPI) makes playing the newest games or watching hours of video easy on the eyes.

And with “Glove Touch”, cold weather is no longer a problem since the touch screen on the Galaxy S4 Active is fully operational – even while wearing your mittens.

With an 8-megapixel rear camera, users can easily share their vivid experiences while on the go. Unique to the S4 Galaxy Active camera system is “Aqua Mode” which can be used to increase the quality and clarity for enhanced underwater images and video.

The volume key on the side of phone can also be used as a camera key for capturing photos and videos, allowing users to open the camera application quickly, to capture the moment immediately. In addition, the camera transforms into a powerful LED flash light to assist in low-light and night-time activities by simply using long press of volume key.

The Galaxy S4 Active has been designed with a seamless interface that incorporates the popular features of the Galaxy S4 to provide an ideal travel device.

“S Travel (Trip Advisor)” assists the user while exploring by providing travel assistance, local information, and recommendations to ensure the ideal experience in an unfamiliar environment. “S Translator” makes international travel easy by providing instant text or voice translation for emails and text messages.

The camera interface is designed to make capturing meaningful moments easy and innovative with multiple shooting modes including “Drama Shot,” which allows users to see all the action in one continuous time-lapse, and “Sound & Shot”, which uniquely stores sound and voice together with the picture to capture the moment in an immersive visual/audio format.

With “Story Album”, photos taken with the Galaxy S4 are instantly collected and sorted according to a user’s timeline, geo-tagging information or a specific event to create a photo album. To help facilitate sharing, users can also use the “Group Play” function to enjoy music, photos, documents and games together and across various devices including Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Zoom.

“Samsung Smart Pause” enables control of the screen using optical cues. While watching a video, the video pauses when you look away and starts right up again when returning to view, saving vital battery life and time spent rewinding. “Air View” lets you preview the content of an email by simply hovering your fingers over the screen, which saves time and data.

With “Air Gesture”, you can change the music track, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with a simple wave of the hand. Additionally, “S Health” helps you keep track of your personal health statistics and details. When paired with the S Health Accessory, you can monitor your heart rate, weight, sleep pattern and other personal measurements to assist in a healthy lifestyle.

The Galaxy S4 Active also offers competitive content and services to provide seamless mobile experience anytime and anywhere.

Using the “Samsung Hub”, users can access music, videos, books, games and learning. With a beautiful magazine-style interface, user can browse through a variety of contents across services as well as purchase and manage content easily, from a single Samsung Account.

Users can also control their TVs through Samsung WatchON’s IR remote which transforms the Galaxy S4 Active into a remote control for TVs, set-top boxes, and DVD players. “ChatON” is another unique feature that connects all mobile users together to group chat, share media across devices, and interact in creative new ways using pictures, hand drawings or figures.

“Samsung Link” also enables users to share content across multiple Samsung digital devices.

Additional value added services available on the Galaxy S4 Active for local consumers include:
* The Kleek – a dynamic mobile radio music streaming service which is the perfect platform to provide users with seamless access to the very latest music and industry news via their mobile phones, bringing music lovers closer to their favourite artists. Through the application users have access to a vast range of content, including artist, genre and celebrity playlists, exclusive album previews, artist diaries and top charts.

* AlwaysOn – Samsung’s partnership with AlwaysOn offers users of new and existing Samsung smart device users 1Gb of free WiFi access per month, for 12 months – at more than 1200 AlwaysOn hotspots around South Africa. Users can access the hotspots through the AlwaysOn application available on the local App marketplace (for smartphones and tablets) or via a Web browser (for feature phones).

* SmartTrainer app – this application provides access to people of all ages with in-depth, interactive sports training, at no cost – directly from skilled South African athletes. With the Smart trainer App you can watch training videos of over 40 sporting professionals, as they share valuable and relevant knowledge of their respective sport disciplines.

The Galaxy S4 Active will be available for purchase at the end of June and will come in three colours; Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare with a recommended retail price retail from R8 499.