By Stephen Schenck | April 26, 2013 2:42 PM
An unusual bit of Galaxy S 4 news ended up on our desk earlier this week, when a Samsung exec claimed that, despite the regular GS4 only now just starting to go up for sale, Samsung was already preparing to follow it up with a ruggedized edition, offering a dust and waterproof construction. Was this guy getting a little confused about the company line, or could such a thing really be in our future? It’s actually starting to sound pretty likely, now that The Wall Street Journal has chimed-in with reports that the phone could arrive as the Galaxy S 4 Active.
While the GS4 Active would offer just the kind of protection we’ve heard, it would supposedly keep the general look and feel of a regular GS4 – so, think more along the lines of the Xperia Z than a Casio G’Zone. According to the paper’s sources, this new GS4 could arrive as soon as July.
We also hear new rumors about a “compact version” of the Galaxy S 4, but that’s probably only the GS4 Mini, which shares little in common with the GS4 besides its name. That one could arrive in July, which matches the latest we’ve heard about the Mini. Additionally, the source mentions a new eight-inch Galaxy Tab, which again fits with previous rumors about the Tab 3.