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Samsung's extra-rugged Galaxy S5 variant gets caught on video

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
May 21, 2014
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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.


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