The device itself features broadly similar specifications to the 'regular' S4 - a 1.9GHz Quad Core CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM + microSD, LTE connectivity, a 5" 1920x1080 LCD (no AMOLED in this model!) with 'glove touch', Android 4.2.2, an 8 megapixel camera with LED Flash light (more details below), a 2 megapixel front camera - all powered by a 2600mAh battery.
As well as the 8 megapixel rather than 13 megapixel camera - which offers a unique 'Aqua Mode' to increase visual quality and clarity for enhanced underwater images and video - the device is IP67 rated for dust and water ingress. This means that it has a '6' rating for solid particle protection - 'Dust tight - No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact' and a 7 rating for liquid ingress protection - 'Immersion up to 1m - Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion). Tested for 30 minutes'. Pretty good!
The device measures 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm and tips the scales at 151g, compared to 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm and 130g for the 'regular' S4 - not too much of an increase.
I quite like the design myself (particularly as it's expected to be available in some interesting colours - Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare!) although the front buttons look a bit 'budget'. Hats off to Samsung for getting microSD and a removable battery in there while still retaining the IP rating!
Availability and price are TBC, however Phones4U have already been in touch with the obligatory 'we'll be stocking it!' mail.
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