Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S4 Active

English - June 23, 2013

few days ago, Samsung officially launched the new Galaxy S4 Active, the harder and tougher version of its flagship. What differences are presented in relation to the S4? Let’s find out! Galaxy Galaxy S4 vs S4 Active.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S4 Active


Samsung has been concerned to make clear that the Galaxy S4 has been designed to be a “life partner” and is “inspired people around the world.” The new flagship has a design very similar to Galaxy S3 with some minor differences in the back and sides, with rounded edges and terminations ultrathin and rugged polycarbonate shell for better grip.

By Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 Active is the newest member of the Galaxy range has been designed for active users who love being outdoors. This device has the same innovative features of Galaxy S4 but has added innovative protection design for those who lead a lifestyle full of travel and adventure. To this end, this version incorporates ruguerizada IP 67 certification that provides protection against dust and water.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active – Technical Specifications


Samsung Galaxy S4 features a Super AMOLED 4.99 inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and a density of pixels of 441 ppi, Gorilla Glass protection and 3 for two interesting features such as Air View and Air Gesture to control the screen without having to touch it.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 Active has a TFT LCD panel 4.99-inch Full HD (1,080 x 1,920 pixels and pixel density of 443 ppi) covered by Gorilla Glass 2 and Touch Glove technology to use with gloves.

Processor and GPU

As for the processor, RAM and graphics not seen much difference. Both devices integrate a quad-core chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.9 GHz and 600 Adreno 320 GPU.

However, the international version of the Galaxy S4 (GT-i9500) incorporates a processor Exynos 5 Octa (Exynos 5410) 8-core (four 1.6 GHz Cortex A15 Cortex A7 four 1.2 GHz) with big.LITTLE technology, which comes with a PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

RAM and Internal Memory

In this section there are no differences. Both smartphones come with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage (expandable up to 64 GB microSD card). However, the Galaxy S4 has more options in terms of internal memory as it comes in three versions of 16, 32 and 64 GB.


As for the cameras there are important differences. The Galaxy S4 features a 13.1 megapixel rear camera with Sony Exmor RS sensor, LED flash, HDR and Full HD recording, Flash & Zero Shutter Lag. It also comes with a 2.1 megapixel front camera capable of recording Full HD video @ 30fps and Zero Shutter Lag and features like Dual Camera, Smart Pause, Smart Scroll, Drama Shot (gust of 100 photos in 4 seconds), Eraser (for delete elements of the environment), Sound and Shot (to send an audio recording up to 5 seconds together with photo) and various modes like Best Face, Best Photo, Night, Panorama, Sports, and the ability to take photos at 360 °.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 Active includes a rear camera “only” 8 megapixels with LED flash, capable of recording Full HD video and HDR, autofocus, several features of S4 and a special mode called “Aqua” which lets you take pictures and video underwater. The front camera is 2MP and can record videos at 1080p @ 30fps.

Operating System

Both the S4 Galaxy as the Galaxy S4 Active running the latest version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean as the operating system and include the Premium Suite and the latest Nature UX 2.0 interface Samsung.

This version 4.2 0.2 comes with great new features like Google Now, Multi-View, high fluidity, performance and stability thanks to Project Butter, a new notification bar, ability to make adjustments in the Quick Setup menu, sound effects, two effects on the unlock screen, and a new animated gallery application that allows faster upload pictures and various other things.

Dimensions and Weight

Galaxy S4 is slightly thinner and lighter. It measures 136.6mm x 69.8mm x 7.9mm and weighs only 130 grams, compared with 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm and 156 grams of S4 Active because it offers the most protection.

Connectivity and Battery

In terms of connectivity, both teams incorporate 802.11ac WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G and 4G LTE, MHL 2.0 and a lot of sensors like accelerometer, RGB light sensor, proximity, barometer sensor to measure temperature and humidity, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor and an infrared LED that allows remote control various functions remotely through service WatchON Samsung, among others.

In addition, both devices incorporate a Li-Ion 2600 mAh.


conclusion we can say that both are excellent smartphones. The S4 Galaxy Active is a device designed especially for people with a life outdoors and for that offers certification that provides IP 67 protection against dust and water and more provoked resistance to shock.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 has advantages in terms of the camera, and storage options in terms of their dimensions as it is thinner and lighter.

Beyond some minor differences, the remaining paragraphs both phones have similar specifications and software, so we can say that if you’re looking for a smartphone to give regular use a Galaxy S4 would be appropriate, whereas if you tend to be outdoors and you like adventure, which means your device may get wet, or dusty hitting a Galaxy S4 Active would be a better choice.

Here is a video which compares the two devices courtesy of Pocket-Now :

Which of the two is right for you? Galaxy S4 or S4? Activate?

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