THE LONG-RUMOURED Samsung Galaxy S5 Active made its debut on Friday, promising to be a more rugged handset than its flagship Galaxy S5 sibling.
US network AT&T launched the rugged smartphone on Friday, announcing that the Galaxy S5 Active is available from today priced at $199 with a two year contract in a fetching "Camo Green" flavour.
While thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S5's IP67 certification - which means its resistant against dust and water - the launch of the Galaxy S5 Active seems a little unnecessary, it promises to be more robust and than its predecessor.
Aimed at those who spend a lot of time outdoors, the Galaxy S5 Active adds shock resistance and a more robust body on top of the Galaxy S5's IP67 features, boasting a more rugged shell and physical buttons.
Beyond that, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active retains the high-end specifications found in its flagship sibling, including the same 5.1in 1920x1080 resolution Super AMOLED screen, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and support for 4G LTE connectivity.
Android 4.4 Kitkat remains onboard too, and Samsung has equipped it with an additional software feature that allows users to fire open all apps related to outdoor activity by hitting the "convenience" key on the side of the handset. S Health remains intact, with Samsung equipping the Galaxy S5 Active with the same built-in heart rate monitor as found on its flagship handset.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active also features the same 16MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 2,800mAh battery and built-in fingerprint sensor. It will be made available in 16GB and 32GB storage versions, with room to expand up to 128GB via microSD card.
It's unclear whether the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active will see a release in the UK, but we have asked Samsung for more details regarding the handset's global availability. µ