After a number of leaks regarding specs, release date and price were leaked for this device, AT&T officially confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active was indeed releasing. The Camo Green version of the Galaxy S5 Active is available for purchase today in the US, solely through the AT&T network. The device will be available on for $199 on a two year contract.
AT&T has also confirmed the specs of the Galaxy S5 Active. The device is packing a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with expandable storage via micro SD. The Galaxy S5 Active is rocking a 5.1 inch 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display with 16 million colours, IP67 and Mil-Spec 810G design, dual band 802.11 Wi-Fi with 2×2 MIMO, 4G LTE capability, NFC and bluettoth Bluetooth 4.0. The device also features a 16 Mp back facing camera with 4x zoom and ultra HD video capture, a 2 Mp front facing camera and a 2,800 mAh battery (up to 29 hours of talk time, 20 days standby).The dimensions of the device are 7.72×2.89×0.35in, weighing in at 6oz. The Galaxy S5 Active will run on Android 4.4 KitKat
Based on the specs confirmed by AT&T, the device is certainly not anemic. It features a crisp 1080p display, a powerful CPU and a good amount of RAM as well as the patented high megapixel Samsung camera, even featuring ultra HD video capture. Many of these specs were expected. With all Samsung devices utilizing Super AMOLED, it was no surprise that this device would also use AMOLED as opposed to an IPS display. Overall, the device seems very compelling, especially for those on a tighter budget.
One question on many people’s minds is whether or not this is the only S5 variation. Samsung followed up the Galaxy S4 with four variations on the flagship model. There was the S4 mini, a less powerful, but compact and cheaper device. The S4 Active was a more rugged and durable version of the S4. The S4 Zoom featured a 16 Mp camera, and finally the Google Play Edition of the S4 was available, running on vanilla Android. Does this mean we should expect more S5 variations to follow?