Samsung is expected to launch a ruggedized version of the Galaxy S4 that is likely to be called the Galaxy S4 Active, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. It will be waterproof and dust proof, but it would look similar to the Galaxy S4, according to the report. It also says that the device would be launched this summer. According to a report techview.me, Young Soo Kim – President Samsung Gulf has confirmed that the ruggedized Samsung S4 would be announced in the coming weeks.
Samsung launched the Galaxy Xcover 2, a rugged Android smartphone, and a successor of the Galaxy Xcover that was introduced back in 2011. It was a mid-range device, looks like the S4 Active would be the first rugged phone from Samsung, if the rumors are true.
Samsung is also planning to release an 8-inch Galaxy Tab that is expected to launch in July, says the report. Samsung had already announced the Galaxy Note 8.0, an 8-inch tablet with voice calling and S Pen stylus support earlier this year, which would go on sale in India next week. Looks like Samsung is planning for a tablet without these Note features. Samsung has range on tablet in 7-inch segment and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the latest tablet with a 10.1-inch display.
On a related note, the Galaxy S4 mini that was already confirmed was expected in June, but the new report says the 4.3-inch phone would be released in June. According to earlier rumors, the S4 mini is expected to come with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display with 256ppi pixel density, a 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU and Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS with Touchwiz Nature UX 2.0.