Samsung Galaxy S5 Active fully revealed through hands-on videos
If for some reason you were still having doubts about the rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 Active‘s existence, it’s time to put those to rest. That’s because an AT&T-bound prototype of the Galaxy S5 Active has been leaked through a couple of YouTube videos, showing it in all its glory, from all angles. And also letting us know a few things about its specs in the meantime.
So, first of all, this variant that’s headed to AT&T has the model number SM-G870A. Which means other variations will also be called G870, with just the letter at the end changing (this is according to Samsung’s new naming scheme).
As you can see from the captures above and the videos below, the Galaxy S5 Active sports a rugged look, and comes with rubberized edges – supposedly so it can withstand being dropped without issue. It’s still unclear if it has better dust and water ingress protection than the ‘vanilla’ Galaxy S5, but we think it should. That would be a nice differentiating factor. So while the Galaxy S5 is fine with a drop of water here and there, the Active may be for those who work in tough environments and such.
Spec-wise, inside the Galaxy S5 Active lies the same 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor as in the non-Active iteration of the handset. There’s also 2 GB of RAM and a 16 MP rear camera, and you can see that the heart rate sensor made the cut too. The display comes with 1080p Full HD resolution, so it looks like the Active will match the flagship in specs this time around (as opposed to what happened last year, when the S4 Active received a few downgrades compared to the Galaxy S4).
Speaking of the Galaxy S5 Active’s predecessor, with that device this one shares the physical Android buttons placed below the screen, though their look is slightly changed and the Menu button has been replaced by the Recent apps button (just like in the Galaxy S5).
The TouchWiz interface that sits atop of Android 4.4.2 KitKat seems to be identical to what we can find in the ‘normal’ Galaxy S5, so for all intents and purposes we should probably consider this to be the S5’s twin on the inside. On the outside, though, it’s a different story, with that rugged look and all.
It’s too early to speculate on a release time frame, but we expect to see many more leaks about the Galaxy S5 Active soon, now that the ice has been fully broken.