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A Galaxy tablet might also join in the company's Indiana Jones-like makeover.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is reportedly preparing to launch a water- and dustproof version of its Galaxy S 4 smartphone this summer. The handset would be called the Galaxy S 4 Active, but its chassis would continue to resemble the handset as it appears now.

The handset maker is also reportedly planning to launch the rugged device alongside an 8-inch tablet with similar capabilities, which may arrive later this year to join the 7- and 10.1-inch devices that make up Samsung's tablet family, as well as the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Note variant. The move will apparently be in an effort to help boost the company's appeal to corporate and government-centric clientele in all-terrain environments, like war zones.

It's unclear whether either the phone or the tablet might launch alongside the compact version of the Galaxy S 4 in July. Rumors have begun cropping up about a Galaxy S 4 Mini that would apparently feature a smaller design like a 4.3-inch display with a 960×540 resolution. It is also thought to feature an 8 megapixel camera, Android 4.2.2 with Touchwiz Nature UX (like on the Galaxy S 4), and a quad-core processor, though the manufacturer remains unknown (or rather, the manufacturer has not been the object of speculation).

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S 4 have apparently been four times higher than for its predecessor, the Galaxy S 3, though carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint are delaying the launch due to supply issues. Samsung cites an "overwhelming global demand of Galaxy S 4" as the reason behind its handset shortage. AT&T continues to stay on board, however, and it plans to offer the handset in its retail locations this weekend.

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