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Galaxy S4 Active Refreshed with Snapdragon 800 and LTE-A

Samsung launched the Galaxy S4 Active, a water-resistant thick-skinned version of its flagship S4, earlier this year, but in exchange for its rugged exterior the South Korean company cut back on the device’s specs. Now, the tech titan appears primed to release an updated version of the Galaxy S4 Active with improved components to bring it up to speed with its flagship brother, according to a leaked promotional document.

The original Galaxy S4’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor has been swapped out for the more powerful Snapdragon 800 chip, while onboard storage has been boosted from 16GB to 32GB. The phone’s 8-megapixel camera has also been replaced with 13-megapixel shooter, and the device will also support South Korea’s LTE-Advanced network.

There was a lot to like about the original Galaxy S4 Active from its sleek blue design to its water proof build, and with these beefed up specs it’s a more appealing choice than ever for the outdoorsy smartphone owner. We did hear reports a while back that the S4 Active wasn’t quite as water-proof as Samsung claimed, though it’s possible the company will correct this issue at the same time it updates the internal components.

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...