The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is here. You can learn more about this new S5 variant in the video above from AT&T. Read on to get specifics about the price, release date, specs, features, and carriers that will stock this rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S5.
1. Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Is AT&T-Exclusive
— JT Teran (@jt_teran) May 30, 2014
Business Insider reports that, at least for the time being, the S5 Active will be exclusive to just one carrier: AT&T.
“The Galaxy S5 Active is only available on AT&T for now. It’ll cost $200 with a two-year contract. You can also opt for a monthly payment plan that’ll cost $0 down and $27.50 per month.
Just like the normal version of the phone, the Galaxy S5 will have a sharp 5.1-inch screen. It also has a lot of the same features like a heart rate monitor, power saving mode, and 16 megapixel camera.”
But don’t feel too bad for Verizon, as they’re getting an S5 variant of their own. Tech Times reports that Verizon will be the exclusive carrier of the “Electric Blue” S5 model.
2. Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Has Similar Features to the Regular S5
— Mashable (@mashable) May 30, 2014
Like the regular version of the Galaxy S5, the S5 Active is waterproof and dustproof (IP67 rating). Additionally, the S5 Active has been given a body makeover that makes it more resilient when dropped or scratched.
The most striking color variant of the S5 Active is the green camo color, which will appeal to those in the military or those who spend a lot of time outdoors. Other colors include grey and ruby red. The only other noticeable change is the “convenience key” (see below).
3. Samsung Galaxy S5 Active’s Specs Not Different From Regular S5
— @evleaks (@evleaks) May 29, 2014
The Verge reports that, spec-wise, the regular S5 and the S5 Active share a lot of the same DNA. However, there is a new key that is quite interesting:
“The previously leaked Galaxy S5 Active is now on sale, adding shock resistance to Samsung’s flagship smartphone while keeping the same specifications: a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, and a 16-megapixel camera inside a water- and dust-proof body with a heart monitor. There’s an extra “convenience key” on the side of the phone that gives you easy access to all the phone’s apps that are related to outdoor activity.”
4. Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Buyers Get a Discount on Galaxy Gear Fit
The Verge notes that AT&T customers who purchase the S5 Active will get a special surprise. S5 buyers will get $50 off the purchase of a Galaxy Gear Fit. This fitness wristband and notification system retails for around $200. You can learn more about the Gear Fit in the video above.
5. Samsung Has Already Sold 11 Million Galaxy S5 Smartphones
Samsung has sold 11 million Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones. The new S5 Active will add to the number of S5’s sold. In addition to the regular S5 and the S5 Active, another S5 variant is expected soon: the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime. The Prime model may have a larger screen and improved specs.