UPDATE 30/5/14: AT&T has confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, with a Camo Green version of the handset available to buy today in the US, exclusively through its network. The Samsung Galaxy S5 costs $714.99, but is available for $199.99 on a two-year contract. We're hoping to hear more details and get a hands-on at tonight's Samsung Galaxy Premiere event. Follow our Samsung Galaxy Premiere live stream for full details.
AT&T has confirmed the following specification for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: Android 4.4 KitKat, 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (plus up to 128GB through microSDXC), 5.1in (1920x1080) Super AMOLED display with 16 million colours, IP67 & Mil-Spec 810G rugged design, 4G LTE, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 MIMO, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 16Mp camera, heart-rate sensor, Activity Zone, 16Mp camera with 4x zoom and ultra-HD video capture, 2Mp front camera, 2,800mAh battery (up tp 29 hours talk time, 20 days standby), 5.72x2.89x0.35in, 6oz.
When Samsung released the Galaxy S4 it followed up its popular handset with four slightly different versions that appealed to a range of users. We had the S4 mini, a more compact, less powerful handset that also came in at a slightly cheaper price; we had the S4 Google Play Edition, which ran a vanilla Android OS; there was the S4 Zoom, which featured a 16Mp camera; and then there was the S4 Active, a dustproof, waterproof, rugged version of the standard Galaxy S4 designed for those with an active lifestyle. Also see: 27 best smartphones 2014.
Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona on 24 February. Since then, rumours of S5 mini and S5 Prime smartphones have appeared, while a Photoshopped S4 that looked very much like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition briefly popped up on the Play Store, and that same device is said to have received Bluetooth certification. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, meanwhile, is a 20.7Mp version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 - it's the S5 Zoom.
We've written up everything there is to know about both the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini (as before, a more compact, lower-spec version of the standard S5), and Galaxy S5 Prime (a high-spec S5 with a Quad-HD screen and a brushed-metal finish), but we assumed that given the Galaxy S5's dust- and waterproof credentials an Active version would not be required. Isn't the Samsung Galaxy S5 already a rugged smartphone?
But we were wrong. Very wrong. For weeks now we've been watching YouTube videos from TK Tech News on the Galaxy S5 Active, and yesterday EVLeaks published a photo of th S5 Active. Today, AT&T has confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, with the Camo Green version selling exclusively in the US through its network. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has been one of the worst-kept secrets ever.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: Photos
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: Video
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: Release date UK
Samsung's Galaxy Premiere press event is scheduled for 12 June in New York. We'd be surprised to not see the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active make its appearance at this event, making it likely that the S5 Active will be available to buy in the UK by the end of June. After all, at last year's Premiere event we saw the appearance of the S4 mini, Active and Zoom. The Camo Green version is already available in the US through AT&T.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: Price UK
Amazon lists the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active's RRP as £580, although it is currently selling there for £285. By comparison, the standard S4 has an RRP of £629, yet sells for £310. The S5, meanwhile, has an RRP of £599 and sells for around £495. Following this pattern, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active will probably have an RRP around £550, and quickly be discounted below £500.
That AT&T is listing the Camo Green Samsung Galaxy S5 Active at $714.99 is something of a worry - we don't want to pay £715 in the UK.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: Design
The only major differences between the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Active were its slightly sturdier (by this we mean slightly chunkier, taller and heavier), water- and dustproof body, lower camera resolution (8Mp vs 13Mp) and underwater photography mode, plus three plastic hardware buttons on its front.
From the videos we can see the Galaxy S5 Active retains the Galaxy S4 Active's hardware buttons, plus you can see S5-specific features such as the heart-rate sensor. Once again, it looks a little larger than the standard version, and features a metal (possibly aluminium) chassis with hard rubberised corners to protect against damage. The rubber waterproofing seal is deeper than that of the standard S5, suggesting it will survive longer underwater.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: Hardware and performance
As is seen in the video, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is running Android KitKat 4.4.2 and has the model number SM-G870A. A device known as the Samsung SM-G870 is listed in the GFXBench results database, where it is said to be running a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 graphics, 1.8GB of RAM and 11GB of storage (that'll be 16GB minus KitKat and Samsung's additional software), which are in line with the Samsung Galaxy S5 itself.
However, GFXBench suggests it has a 5.2in (1920x1080) screen and a 15Mp rear camera (the standard S5 has a 16Mp model). These are promsing specs, given that the previous S4 Active featured a lower-quality LCD screen and its camera halved the number of megapixels offered by the standard S4. TK Tech News believes both to be AMOLED screens.
In the GFXBench T-Rex test the S5 Active scored 28fps, and it managed 12fps in Manhattan. These are identical to our own results for the Samsung Galaxy S5, which again suggests not much has changed on the hardware front. Check out how well the Samsung Galaxy S5 (and therefore S5 Active) performs against the competition in our article: What's the fastest smartphone 2014: processor, web and graphics performance comparison.
In the Geekbench 3 test, TK Tech News have shown the Galaxy S5 Active scoring 952 points in the single-core test, and 2,878 points in the multi-core test. This is actually very slightly faster than our own benchmark results for the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: New features over the standard Galaxy S5
Although the hardware specs remain largely the same, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active does have another feature in addition to the standard Samsung Galaxy S5: an Activity Zone and dedicated Activity Key.
According to yet another video posted by TK Tech News, the Activity Zone holds features exclusive to the S5 Active, including a shortcut to S Health and access to the phone's compass, barometer, stopwatch and torch features.
The Activity Key button itself can also be used to snap a photo with a long press.