For a smartphone that was never believed to be very different from the “basic” Samsung Galaxy S5, the S5 Active sure got a lot of media attention. Until earlier today, when it finally broke cover with little to no fanfare.
As expected, the sole discrepancies between standard and Active S5 variations concern aesthetics and functionality under “pressure”. Namely, the rugged handheld AT&T just unveiled looks ready to go into battle for its master, handling various shocks, extreme temperatures, humidity, rain and altitude, thanks to MIL-STD 810G military certification.
That’s of course in addition to the regular S5’s water and dust resistance, which oddly didn’t get the rumored boost from IP67 to IP68 approval. As such, the S5 Active isn’t the world’s strongest swimmer either, withstanding water immersions up to 1 m deep for 30 minutes max.
Now, don’t let that hardy shell fool you. The Active is tough, but it can’t take a bullet for you. Samsung tried its best to come up with a ruggedized yet fairly elegant slab, and all in all, they succeeded. At just 8.9 mm thick and 170 grams heavy, the S5 Active can be carried around in your typical trou pocket with ease.
Again, as far as everything that doesn’t meet the eye goes, the S5 and S5 Active are identical twins. Quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 chip, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB on-board storage, microSD support, 16 MP rear camera, 2,800 mAh battery, they’ve all been Xeroxed for the new guy.
Even the fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor are here, and the display is just as large (5.1 inches) and crisp (1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution). Software-wise, Android 4.4.2 KitKat naturally runs the show, hence it shouldn’t come as a surprise AT&T priced the Galaxy S5 Active at $199.99 with contracts, and $714.99 outright.
“Camo green”, “titanium grey” and “ruby red” are the available paint jobs, and Sprint is tipped to carry the bad boy before long as well. Any outdoorsy suitors around? Anyone?