Samsung has officially announced the release of the Galaxy S4 Active in Australia, a water and dust resistant Android smartphone.
The Galaxy S4 Active will be sold exclusively through Vodafone in Australia.
The device is available from today on a range of contract plans, all over 24 months. The hero plan appears to be a $5 per month handset repayment on Vodafone's $60 plan, which includes $700 worth of calls, unlimited SMS and MMS messages and 1.5GB of data per month.
Samsung has also confirmed that the Galaxy S4 Active is available immediately as an outright device through Samsung's Experience Stores in Sydney and Melbourne for $699. It will also be made available to purchase "from a range of mobile retailers around Australia."
Samsung Australia's vice president of telecommunications, Tyler McGee, said the Galaxy S4 Active's rugged features are ideal for the Australian market.
"Australians lead very adventurous lifestyles, with many of us spending time in a range of environments throughout our work and social lives that aren’t always appropriate for most mobile devices."
"With the launch of the Galaxy S4 Active, Samsung is offering Australians a smartphone that is both dust and water resistant as well as packed full of features."
The Galaxy S4 Active is best described as a rugged version of the original Galaxy S4 that's water and dust-resistant. The device is rated to IP67 standards so it will survive being submerged in one metre of water for up to 30 minutes.
The device is taller, wider and just over 20g heavier than the original, has physical shortcut buttons on the front, and uses a TFT touchscreen rather than the Super AMOLED panel of its counterpart.
The Galaxy S4 Active's camera has also been downgraded from 13-megapixels to 8-megapixels, though the presence of an "Aqua Mode" allows users to capture underwater photos and videos.
Like the original Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S4 Active works on Australian 1800MHz 4G networks.
Australian models of the Galaxy S4 Active are available in "urban grey", though Samsung confirmed each device comes with an additional orange back cover that can be changed.