Not content with dominating all smartphone interest in May, Samsung is rumored to be plotting an ambitious effort to come up with a rugged version of their popular Galaxy S4 superphone, for consumers that like that extra layer of protection when out and about on adventurous activities.
We first informed you about such rumors in a previous report here, but now the Wall Street Journal has taken it upon themselves to confirm it as a fact – so it must be true right? Samsung may be taking a leaf out of the Sony Xperia Z book, to combine the existing Galaxy S4 features with exterior layers that provide consumers with waterproof and dust proof protection.
A potential name has also been given to the upcoming mark II, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. This isn’t confirmed yet though however, and we’d definitely like to see a much more exciting name upon release. There’s no word on when this rugged version will be announced, but the WSJ has already pinpointed a likely market release of July.
Talk about putting all of your eggs into one basket, but you can’t blame Samsung for maximizing sales on this instance. We have a feeling that a rugged Galaxy S4 is going to be very appealing indeed to a lot of consumers. We’ve also seen first hand just how prone that lovely display screen is to smashing, so anything extra that provides another display layer coating is a good move in our book.
It will be interesting to see just how many consumers are willing to hold off from their frantic fight to snap up a Galaxy S4 during launch week, to opt for one of these instead.
If this rugged Galaxy S4 appeals to you, let us know if you are really thinking of canceling a pre-order for one.