The more robust version of Samsung’s flagship Android smartphone is the successor to last year’s Galaxy S4 Active. Early rumors state that an “Active” version of the Galaxy S5 might not come because the popular smartphone is already IP67 certified (dust and water resistant).
Since the ‘regular’ version is already IP67 certified, Samsung raised the bar even further. The Galaxy S5 Active is also MIL-STD-810G certified. Aside from the usual dust and water resistance, it is also salt, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant. Might be too much for the average consumer but this phone is perfect for construction and other related profession.
Another physical difference from the Galaxy S5 is the inclusion of a “convenience key” on the side that starts the Active Zone app. Also, the capacitive + home button combo is replaced with hardware buttons. It’s not bulky either at 8.9mm. Who needs a thick case now?
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active specifications:
5.1″ Super AMOLED display (1080 x 1920 pixels), 432 ppi
2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801
2GB of RAM
16GB internal memory, expandable via microSD up to 128GB
16-megapixel primary camera, 2160p@30fps
2-megapixel front camera, 1080p@30fps
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth v4.0 w/ A2DP
GPS w/ A-GPS support and GLONASS
Li-Ion 2800 mAh
Android 4.4.2 “KitKat” w/ TouchWiz
145.3 x 73.4 x 8.9 mm (dimensions)
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is only available for now through AT&T in North America for $199.99 with a two-year contract or a staggering $714.99 w/o contract. No word on international availability.