Samsung Announces Galaxy S5 Active, the Ruggedized Version of its Flagship

Samsung_S5

Following the tradition it started last year, Samsung has announced the rugged version of this year’s flagship, the Galaxy S5 Active. This year, however, it makes lesser point as the original flagship itself comes with IP67-certification.

You get a 5.1″ FHD display at the front, as well as a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor inside, along with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB expandable storage. At the back sits a 16 megapixel camera capable of shooting 4K video.

The OS running is customized Android 4.4 KitKat. The phone also comes with 4G LTE, microUSB 3.0, NFC, IR Blaster and heart-rate sensor.

Of course, none of that matters the least because the highlight if the entire package is the design. The phone has MIL-810G standard, which is rather complicated and Samsung has explained fully the extent of its capabilities but it certainly will be a step above the normal IP67-certification.

A major feature lost in this version of the phone is the fingerprint scanner, a feature that distinguished the S5 from other flagships. It will be available in three colors, all of whom look quite rugged and, well, unconventional.

Pricing of the phone will be set at $715, same as the regular model. No word on when it will be available widely but worldwide release can’t be too far.

Below is the run-down for the specs again:

  • OS: Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
  • GPU: Adreno 330
    • Display:
      • Type: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
      • Size: 1080 x 1920 pixels, –
      • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
    • Memory:
      • Card slot: microSD, up to 64 GB
      • Internal: 16 GB (11.2 GB user available), 2 GB RAM
    • Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE, Cat4, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth NFC, Infrared, microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2)
    • Camera:
      • Primary: 16 MP, 3456 x 4608 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
      • Secondary: 2 MP,[email protected]