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While the world was engrossed with the latest iPhone release (Yes, we were too), Samsung unveiled a tough little smartphone. Unlike the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus that you need to treat like your first born until you have a protective case and tempered glass over it, the Samsung Galaxy Active Neo is ready for duty right out of the box.

You’re probably asking, “What the heck is the Samsung Galaxy Active Neo?”. “Is it a smartphone for a Matrix character who switched gears and is now teaching spin classes in Ojai?”

Although it would be really funny to see Neo trying to pedal a stationary bike wearing his famous trench coat, the Samsung Galaxy Active Neo is a rugged smartphone that will make its debut in Japan and will hopefully be available stateside.

Image via: Phone Arena

We hear a lot about Samsung’s flagship devices (The Galaxy S series and Note), but the Korea-based company produces some excellent second-tier smartphones with unique features. The Galaxy Active Neo features an IP68 certification which means it’s safe from dust and water and it can withstand a 4.9 foot drop onto concrete without a case. While it doesn’t have an HD display (only 480p resolution), and it’s pretty basic in regards to storage (16GB with SD expandable memory), camera (8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera), and screen size (4.5 inches), the Galaxy Active Neo is an attractive device that looks similar to the Galaxy S6 Active, but with a jaw-dropping price. When it goes on sale in Japan in November, the tough smartphone will be sold for 20,000 Yen, which is roughly $170.

 

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