Samsung Galaxy S5 Active gets official, is now available at AT&T
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has been leaked many times so far, so clearly we were expecting it to be announced any day. Yet Samsung has decided against a big launch event, or even a dedicated press release, for this handset.
Instead, it’s already available to purchase from AT&T. Just like that. The Galaxy S5 Active is exclusive to AT&T, at least for now, and there’s been absolutely no mention of whether it will ever be sold in other countries. That said, we assume we’ll be seeing the S5 Active elsewhere too in a few weeks or so.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is basically a ‘vanilla’ Galaxy S5 with a much tougher outer shell and sans fingerprint scanner. Those are the only differences between the two. The S5 Active is water and dust resistant, but it adheres to the same IP67 standard as the ‘normal’ S5. So, despite what we speculated not long ago, it’s not any more water or dust resistant than its less tougher-looking sibling. On the other hand, thanks to its rather unique construction, the Galaxy S5 Active is sure to take accidental drops a lot better than the Galaxy S5. In fact, it adheres to US Mil-STD 810G for withstanding shock, temperature, humidity, rain and altitude.
The Galaxy S5 Active comes with a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera with LED flash and 4K UHD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, a heart rate monitor, and a 2,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
It’s being offered in camo green (pictured above), ruby red, and titanium gray. It can be yours for $199.99 with a new two-year contract, or $714.99 sans long-term agreement. If you choose to get it with AT&T’s Next plans, you’ll pay either 12 monthly installments of $35.75 or 18 monthly installments of $27.50, and nothing upfront.