The Samsung Galaxy S4 could potentially be getting a new, rugged design later this year that would offer protection against both dust and water, similar to the Sony Xperia Z design.
At a Samsung Galaxy S4 launch in Dubai, Samsung Gulf Electronics president Young Soo Kim reportedly confirmed a rugged Samsung Galaxy S4 for later on this year. According to TechView, Kim was light on the details only saying that the new design would be coming in the weeks ahead and would be resistant to water and dust.
He did not elaborate further it seems so there is no telling exactly when the device will land or how the design changes will impact the form factor of the Galaxy S4 which is both lightweight and thin. It also could be that Samsung replaces the current design with another though that would likely anger those who have already bought into the Galaxy S4.
Kim’s apparent confirmation was in regard to a question posed about the Samsung Galaxy S4 design and how it’s not water resistant, a relevant question given that the Sony Xperia Z features a water and dust resistant design that is capable of descending into one meter of water without taking on any water damage.
It’s unclear as to why Samsung has chosen now to confirm this new device though it’s not the first time that we’ve seen a Samsung executive confirm a different Galaxy S4 device for launch. In addition to this new rugged Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung also confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini for arrival, despite not issuing any details.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is not expected to land until the summer, long after the Galaxy S4 touches down on shelves. As for the rugged Galaxy S4, we did not see a rugged Galaxy S3 emerge so there is no telling how long Samsung might wait to release this device or if it will land in regions around the world. This is also the first we’ve heard of this device so even with the executives confirmation, it’s best to take these plans with a grain of salt. They may wind up being kicked to the curb.
Samsung’s Galaxy S4, without a rugged design, will touch down first on April 24th in the United States on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network.