Rumors of a truly rough-and-ready Galaxy S5 variant have so far had little support beyond vague filings and benchmarks. However, TK Tech News has just delivered the motherlode: it has posted hands-on videos (below) of what looks to be a Galaxy S5 Active for AT&T. The rugged device shown on camera shares a few superficial similarities with its bulked-up Galaxy S4 Active ancestor, including the all-mechanical navigation keys. However, this isn't as much of a step down as last year's toughened Galaxy -- the GS5 Active appears to have the same 16-megapixel camera as the regular S5, and it sports an ever-so-slightly faster variant of its sibling's Snapdragon 801 processor.
With that in mind, it's not clear how close this is to the final design. Besides the drab pre-production look, there's some questions over the display choice. TK swears that the device is using a greater-than-1080p screen, but a benchmark suggests otherwise; our money is on a normal 1080p panel, since there haven't been any hints that the Active would outshine its regular counterpart on that front. There aren't any telltale clues as to when this outdoor-friendly handset will ship, either, although the videos suggest that Samsung is making good progress.
- Key specs
- Type Smartphone
- Operating system Android (KitKat [4.4])
- Screen size 5.1 inches
- Internal memory 16 GB
- Carriers (US) AT&T
- Dimensions 5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 in
- Weight 5.11 oz
- Released 2014-04-11
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active