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Galaxy S5 Could Be Water-Resistant Following Rugged Note 3 Variant

by Jacob Kleinman | October 8, 2013October 8, 2013 9:00 am PDT


The Galaxy S5 could be Samsung’s first water-resistant flagship handset, according to a new report suggesting the South Korean company may follow the precedent set by Sony’s Xperia Z and Z1ETNews cites industry sources who claim Samsung is developing a rugged version of the Note 3—similar to the Galaxy S4 Active—before it switches its focus to the highly-anticipated Galaxy S5.

The article also adds that rugged versions of the Galaxy S5 and Note 3 won’t come with downgraded specs, unlike the S4 Active. With the water-resistant version of its 5-inch flagship, Samsung scaled back the Super AMOLED display to a TFT LCD screen, and switched out the 13-megapixel camera for an 8-megapixel shooter.

We fully expect Samsung to unleash several Galaxy Note 3 spinoffs in the near future, following the precedent it set with the S4, and a rugged version will likely figure into its upcoming lineup. Offering the Galaxy S5 as a waterproof handset right at launch, on the other hand, would be a bold move. If Samsung can pull it off, the S5 will easily distinguish itself from the competition, and might even help push the entire industry in the same direction.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...