Samsung set to launch a rugged Galaxy S 4, an 8-inch tablet and the Galaxy S 4 mini this year: Report

It has been barely a day since Samsung launched the Galaxy S 4 in India, and already the Internet is abuzz with news about products the South Korean company has in its pipeline. According to a report on WSJ, Samsung is reportedly planning to launch a rugged version of the Galaxy S 4, a 4.3-inch version of the Galaxy S 4 and an 8-inch Galaxy Tab.

The news of a rugged and more durable version of its flagship model doesn’t come as a surprise, as during the Galaxy S 4 launch in Dubai, President of Samsung Gulf Electronics Young Soo Kim had unintentionally revealed about such a device in the making. Quoting a source familiar with such matters, the WSJ report claims that the device tentatively called the Galaxy S 4 Active, will look and feel just like the Galaxy S 4 but will be water and dust-proof. Samsung claims that the device is designed with a war zone in mind which is an indication that it may be trying to earn government and MNC contracts.

The source also revealed that the South Korean company is readying an 8-inch tablet for launch in June which would join its Galaxy-line of tablets. The source says that the upcoming tablet will be placed between the two existing tablets in Samsung’s Galaxy–line and could very well be the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, which leaked a few days back. According to the leaked specifications, the 8-inch tablet will run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and feature a 1280×800 pixels display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, 3-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel camera at the front and a massive 4,500mAH battery.

In addition to the rugged smartphone and the 8-inch tablet, Samsung is also reportedly planning to launch a smaller 4.3-inch Galaxy S 4 in July. Though the source didn’t reveal a name for the device this could be Galaxy S 4 mini, which leaked online earlier this month. As the earlier report claims, the Galaxy S 4 mini is said to be available in two variants– a dual-SIM with dual-core processor and a single-SIM with quad-core processor. It is also believed to feature a 4.3-inch qHD display, an 8-megapixel camera and Android version 4.2.2. The smartphone is expected to be launched in Black Mist and White Frost colors.