Difference between Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Samsung Galaxy S4

Key Difference: Samsung announced that it has added a new phone to its lineup that combines the ruggedness of the older Samsung Xcover with the features and oomph of the new Galaxy S4. S4 Active is dust and water-proof. The phone comes with a 5-inch Full HD TFT capacitive touchscreen that differs from the AMOLED used in the S4. Samsung Galaxy S4 is the successor to the very popular Samsung Galaxy S3. The company boasts new features into a slightly smaller and sleeker design. The phone’s screen has been increased to a stunning almost 5 inches with only slight decrease in size of the phone. The screen is a full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that provides a greater resolution of 1080 pixels, almost 441ppi density.

Samsung announced that it has added a new phone to its lineup that combines the ruggedness of the older Samsung Xcover with the features and oomph of the new Galaxy S4. S4 Active is dust and water-proof and aims to provide direct competition to the Sony Xperia Z. The phone is aimed at the users that require their phone to be durable as well as provide extra features. According to the CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, JK Shin, the phone is designed for the people who love the outdoors.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active shares many features with the S4, but differs in terms of design and aesthetics. The S4 Active is thicker and heavier at 151 grams; the weight is mostly because of the added water and dust proof. The phone has a diamond-pattern textured back that makes it easier to hold the device. The company has also removed the capacitive buttons and replaced them with hardware buttons. The top of the phone houses the 3.5mm headphone jack and has the words waterproof etched next to it. The top also houses the secondary mic and the IR emitter. The volume rocker is on the left side of the phone, while the right side has the power/lock key. The bottom of the phone has the microUSB / MHL 2.0 port that is sealed with a plastic flap. The proximity sensor, light sensor and the IR motion detector are placed on the front above the screen near the speaker. The back of the screen houses the camera and the LED flash.

The phone comes with a 5-inch Full HD TFT capacitive touchscreen that differs from the AMOLED used in the S4. It has ~441 ppi pixel density and is protected by corning gorilla glass 3. The phone is powered by 1.9 GHz Krait 300 Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, has Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB RAM. The phone comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The TouchWiz UI changes certain Jelly Bean features offering users with more options. The lockscreen features new widgets such as displaying personal messages overlaid on photos from the TripAdvisor. The water ripples effect has been replaced by the lens flare effect, but can be switched or disabled completely. The lockscreen also offers multiple screen on which users can add widget. Another cool feature is the Quick Glance feature that uses a proximity sensor to detect nearby movement and automatically lights up to display time and notifications.

The company has replaced the 13 MP camera with an 8MP rear camera that as a capability to work underwater. The volume rocker can be changed into a temporary camera shutter button that allows users to click photos and record videos underwater. The hardware buttons are also provided for the same purpose. The phone offers 16 GB internal storage capacity of which around 11 GB is available to the user. However, the storage can be expanded by 64 GB using a microSD card.

The same amazing features that were offered in Galaxy S4 is available in the S4 Active; including gestures, hovering, air wave, smart play, smart scroll and many other fun features. The phone also comes with an Aqua Mode that can be applied to increase visual quality and clarity for enhanced underwater images. The company has also added certain helpful Samsung Apps including Samsung Hub, S Travel (Trip Advisor), S Health and S Translator that can translate as well as pronounce many different kinds of language. The camera also comes with many different features such as Drama Shot, Sound&Shot, Story Album and Group Play. However, it is unsure if the phone offers Dual Shot or Dual recording. The phone also comes with a IR blaster that can covert the phone into a remote.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is the successor to the very popular Samsung Galaxy S3. The company boasts new features into a slightly smaller and sleeker design. The phone’s screen has been increased to a stunning almost 5 inches with only slight decrease in size of the phone. The screen is a full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that provides a greater resolution of 1080 pixels, almost 441ppi density. The weight of the phone has also been reduced to 130 g and the width of the phone has been reduced by 1mm. The phone has sharper and straighter lines with just curved edges. In terms of design it is quite similar to the S3. The chassis is made up of polycarbonate plastic and the display is highly sensitive that accepts touch through gloves. The phone is available with either the 1.6 GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor or the 1.9 GHz Snapdragon Fusion Pro quad-core processor, depending on the market. It is available with 16/32/64 GB internal capacity options and if that is not enough it can be upgraded by another 64 GB using the SD slot. The S4 comes with 2 GB RAM, which has become a norm for smartphones these days.

The phone comes with a stunning 13 MP primary camera, a 2 MP secondary camera and HD video recording capability. The S4 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but it has yet to be seen if it will offer an upgrade to the new Key Lime Pie version when it is available in mid-2013. The phone is available in two colors Black Mist and White Frost, though there may be chances for other colors once the phone is available for purchasing. Now for the fun part! The phone offers brand new features that are sure to pull in some big spenders. The S4 offers hovering capabilities known as Air Wave, which allows users to swipe between screens, videos, photos without actually touching the screen. Another fun feature is the Smart Scroll and Smart Pause; Smart Scroll uses a sensor and the front camera to automatically scroll when a person is done reading a certain paragraph. The scrolling can also be controlled using tilt. Smart Pause uses the sensor to pause videos automatically when the phone senses that the person is no longer looking at the screen and then resumes when the person looks back at the screen.

Group Play is a feature that allows users to use NFC or Bluetooth to tap and transfer videos, photos, music and even engage in multiplayer games with other S4 users. There are many new camera features as well including dual camera, sound & shot, drama shot, story album, cinema photo and eraser mode. Dual camera allows users to use both the cameras at the same time including when trying to take a photo. The person taking the photo can place their face to the photo taken using the secondary camera or vice-versa. Sound & Shot feature takes 9 seconds of audio when capturing a photo. Drama Shot combines all the actions from a Burst shot into one screen. Story album enables the users to create an album using their shots and audio. Cinema photo feature allows the users to animate one portion of an image, while keeping the rest simple. Eraser Mode allows users to erase objects from the image that they do not wish to include. Other features also include S Health (users can track their diet, steps, exercises, etc.), S Translator, S Voice assistant, Galaxy S Voice Drive and Integrated Optical Reader. Samsung has yet to announce the release date and the price of the S4.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from Samsung Press website, Samsung Mobile website, knowyourmobile.com, expertreviews.co.uk and GSMArena.com.

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4

Launch Date

Q3/2013

Q2 of 2013

Company

Samsung

Samsung Corporation

Size

139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm

136.6x69.8x7.9mm

Display

5-inch Full HD TFT capacitive touchscreen

4.99 inch Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

Screen

1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Weight

151 grams

130 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - SGH-I537

LTE availability depends on the market.

GUI

TouchWiz UI

TouchWiz UI

CPU speed

1.9 GHz Krait 300 Quad-core

1.6 GHz Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 5 processor or 1.9 GHz Snapdragon Fusion Pro quad-Core processor depending on the market.

GPU

Adreno 320

PowerVR SGX 544MP3

OS

Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android 4.2.2  (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600

Exynos 5 Octa 5410

RAM

2 GB

2 GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

16 GB (Approximately 11.25 GB available to user)

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

Expandable up to 64 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Digital Compass, Barometer Sensor, Gesture Sensor, Finger Hovering Sensor, Light Sensor

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Connectivity

Wi-Fi ac, Wi-Fi Direct, IrDA, NFC, USB 2.0, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE), USB-On-the-go, USB Host, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, Infrared port, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC, Infrared port.

Speed

HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2), USB On-the-go, USB Host

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host

Primary Camera

8MP 3264 x 2448 pixels

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

2 MP,[email protected], dual video call

2 MP, zero shutter lag, BIS

Video

[email protected], dual-video recording

[email protected] HD video

Camera Features

  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization
  • HDR
  • Aqua mode
  • Autofocus
  • LED Flash
  • Animated photo
  • Rich tone
  • Panorama
  • Beauty Face
  • Best Photo
  • Drama Shot
  • Sound&Shot
  • Dual camera
  • Sound & Shot
  • Drama shot
  • Group play
  • Story album
  • Simultaneous HD video and Image recording
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection,
  • Image Stabilization
  • HDR
  • Cinema photo
  • Eraser mode

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

TBA

Audio supported formats

MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, OGG, IMY, XMF, WMA, FLAC

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 /FLAC player

Video supported formats

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX4, VP8, WMV9, WMV 7/8, MP43, Sorenson Spark

MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV /H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Lithium-ion 2,600 mAh battery

Removable Li-on 2,600 mAh battery

Talktime

No official data released

TBA

Standby Time

No official data released

TBA

Available Colors

Urban Grey, Dive Blue, Orange Flare

Black Mist and White Frost

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS, MS Exchange

Browser

HTML5

HTML5, Adobe Flash

Radio

N/A

TBA

GPS

GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

via Java MIDP emulator

Yes

Additional Features

  • IP67 certified - dust and water resistant
  • Glove Touch
  • Samsung Smart Scroll/Pause
  • Air View/Gesture
  • Samsung WatchON
  • ChatON
  • Samsung Hub
  • Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games
  • S Translator
  • S Travel (Trip Advisor)
  • S Health
  • Story Album
  • Google Mobile Services
  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Air Wave
  • Tilt
  • Smart Scroll
  • Smart Pause
  • Integrated Optical Reader
  • S Health
  • S Translator
  • S Voice assistant
  • S Memo note apps
  • Galaxy S Voice Drive
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Images Courtesy: samsung.com

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