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Galaxy S4 Active With Snapdragon 800 CPU Expected Next Month

by Jacob Kleinman | September 11, 2013September 11, 2013 4:30 pm PST

The Galaxy S4 Active may be somewhat water-resistant, but apparently it still isn’t fast enough for some customers. Following the news that the flagship Galaxy S4 will get Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 processor, Korea site Naver reports that the company will also release a version of the rugged variant sporting the new chipset. 

The news was confirmed by South Korean carrier SK Telecom’s head of service innovation during a recent press conference. The execs said the refreshed smartphone will be released in South Korea, but won’t hit stores until Oct. at the earliest. Apparently, Samsung doesn’t want to cannibalize early sales for its own Galaxy Note III, though we’re not sure the souped-up S4 Active poses much of a threat to the highly-anticipated phablet.

That Galaxy S4 is a decent handset, though there have been some issues with leaking – making it not such a great option for those looking for a truly water-resistant smartphone. As a recap, the U.S. model boasts a 5-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080-pixel display, a 2,600mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage upgradable to 64GB via a microSD slot, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel rear facing shooter. It runs Android 4.2.2 out of the box with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI on top.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...