It’s official, AT&T will be the only US carrier to sell the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active subsidized. The rugged version of the “normal” GS4 will be up for grabs starting June 21 for $199.99 with two-year contracts.
The price point is no shocker, since it’s exactly what Ma Bell charges for the original S4 and there aren’t many differences between it and the Active. Namely, AT&T’s exclusive phone is IP67 certified for water and dust protection, plus it’s a little thicker and heavier than the GS4 (9.1 vs. 7.9 mm and 153 vs. 130 grams).
On the inside, there’s basically nothing to set the two apart, save maybe for some of the pre-installed software on the S4, which lacks on the Active. That means part of those much debated storage woes are discarded, as the GS4 Active packs a little over 11 GB of out the box user-available memory, compared with just 9 gigs for the regular S4.
The display department supplies another small distinction between the two, even if I doubt anyone will ever notice it. Both the S4 and Active sport 5-inch Full HD screens, but the former’s panel is Super AMOLED, while the latter is a TFT LCD unit.
Finally, there’s “only” an 8 MP rear snapper on the Active, whereas the GS4 comes with a slightly more impressive 13 MP camera in tow.
Bottom line though, if you’re into water and dust-resistant phones, there’s no reason to pass the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. AT&T will start the pre-ordering process tomorrow, on the 14th, and the 5-incher will be available in two colors: Urban Gray and Dive Blue. Who wants one?