The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active was all but unveiled thanks to many pre-release rumors and leaks, but the rugged Galaxy S5 variant is now official; AT&T announced details of its exclusive availability on Friday.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active will sell for $199.99 with a two-year contract on AT&T and for $714 without a contract. Additionally, AT&T’s Next program allows customers to pay off the cost of their phone in monthly installments; Next 18 allows them to pay $27.50 per month for 26 months and Next 12 allows them to pay $35.75 per month for 20 months. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is available in stores and online.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has many of the same features introduced on the original Samsung Galaxy S5, including a 5.1-inch 1080p AMOLED display, a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with microSD support up to 128GB, a 16-megapixel rear camera and a heart rate sensor.
The Galaxy S5 Active also has the same IP67 Ingress Progress rating as the original Galaxy S5, making it dust-resistant and water-resistant for up to 30 minutes in up to 1 meter of water. In addition it has a military-spec 810G rating, which makes it shock resistant. Its rugged design includes a protective bumper around the edges to keep the device safe after being dropped. The Galaxy S5 Active is available in Camo Green, Titanium Gray and Ruby Red color options.
Features such as the heart rate sensor and Samsung’s S-Health app add to the appeal of this active smartphone. A new app on the device is called Activity Zone, which includes a barometer, compass and links to other apps users might need for their active lifestyles. One Galaxy S5 feature that the Galaxy S5 Active does not include is the fingerprint scanner.
The Galaxy S5 Active was notably unveiled prior to Samsung’s Galaxy Premiere event, which takes place on June 12. Last year, Samsung unveiled the predecessor Galaxy S4 Active at its Premiere 2013 event in addition to the Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy S4 Zoom. In late April, Samsung unveiled the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, which is informally known as the Galaxy S5 Zoom. The Galaxy S5 Mini remains unconfirmed, but a recent photo leak shows that it's a smaller version of the original Galaxy S5.