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Galaxy S5 Active Makes Debut in Hands-on Videos

by Jacob Kleinman | May 21, 2014May 21, 2014 7:30 am PST

The Galaxy S5 may already offer water-resistant protection, but we’re still expecting Samsung to announce an Active variant of its latest flagship phone. Now, after months of speculation, we’re finally getting a sense of how the Galaxy S5 Active will stand apart from the standard S5 thanks to a pair of hands-on videos posted to YouTube this week by TK Tech News.

It looks like the Galaxy S5 Active will offer the same 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, though TK Tech News claims the leaked device offers a slightly sharper looking screen than its flagship sibling. Just as with the Galaxy S4 Active we see three physical buttons on the front of the device, suggesting it may not include a fingerprint sensor, while the heart rate monitor on the back appears to have crossed over from the original S5. The overall design is a little more rugged and bulky, with rougher edges and a thicker water-resistant sealing.

The leaked Galaxy S5 Active obtained by TK Tech News is an AT&T variant. Its model number is SM-G870A and it runs Android 4.4.2 with the same TouchWiz UI seen on the S5. It also packs a removable battery, a 15.9-megapixel camera, and a 2.4GHz Snapdragon 801 processor.

There’s still no word on when Samsung will actually announce the Galaxy S5 Active, though it appears the device is pretty much ready to ship. The company is set to unveil something new at an event in New York City next month, and although we’re expecting the focus to be on a new lineup of tablets it’s possible we’ll also see at least one new smartphone take the stage.


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...