We’ve already heard rumors of Samsung preparing an updated version of its Galaxy S4 Active smartphone early last month. This time we’re getting some somewhat official details of what the device will be fitted with as it makes its way towards an official release in Korea and Japan.

When Samsung announced the its Galaxy S 4 flagship, it tried to capitalize on that brand by also unveiling variations of the smartphone revolving around specific themes. The Galaxy S4 Active is the tough and rugged sibling of the premium smartphone, boasting of a dust-proof and waterproof IP67 rating. You can read up more about Samsung’s sporty spin in our review of the Galaxy S4 Active here. Like the Galaxy S 4, it also sported a quad-core 1.9 GHz processor, which isn’t quite the fad these days anymore.

It seems that Samsung is planning to correct that with a new Galaxy S4 Active that instead runs on a quad-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, bringing it up to speed with current smartphones. Otherwise, the refresh will retain all other aspects of the first generation, including the IP67 rating. Now it seems that the new Galaxy S4 Active will be gaining a new feature as well, in the form of LTE-Advanced or LTE-A support.

As LTE-A networks are still few and far between, it seems only fitting that the LTE-A capable Galaxy S4 Active would be first made available in the place where the network was born. As such the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Active will be coming to Japan via SK Telecom, which pioneered the technology in the country.

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