2014-05-21 02_03_18-S5 Active ATT hands on - YouTube

Even though Samsung went out of tis way to make the Galaxy S5 water and dust resistant, it seems to think there is still a place for an "Active" variant this time around. The device has shown up in a few videos and it seems to be destined for AT&T in the US.

Just like last year's GS4 Active, this one has physical buttons on the front in place of the capacitive/physical array on Samsung's regular devices. The bezel is really beefy, so this is either a pre-production stealth case to hide the shape, or this year's Active will actually be marketed as a truly rugged phone.

The back is still removable, but the gasket looks thicker and covers more of the internal space. Also on the back is that heart rate sensor. However, the GS5's other spiffy new sensor appears to be missing. The system menu is missing the fingerprint scanner icon, assuming it would be in the same place as the regular Galaxy S5.

We are told repeatedly throughout the videos that the screen looks higher that 1080p resolution, but the various system info tools run in the second video say it's 1080p. Perhaps it's an LCD, and that accounts for the alleged different appearance? We'll have to wait and see.

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  • HugePotato

    It got even uglier than the standard S5 :D


    *prepare for the haters* I own the Note 3 myself, can't wait for them to unveil the Note 4, and I am very impressed by the speed, colors and design of the UI in this video. I realize this is a bit off-topic, but since this thread is bound to have some Samsung haters, I thought it needed someone to love it as well :D

    • jujubeans

      As a new owner of the galaxy s5, I can tell you the new touchwiz ui is improved in every way. Its faster, more understated and damn near pretty in some respects. And its so goddamn fast, mind you i removed most bloat. The phone performs so well its been a joy to us since I upgraded.

  • Steve Jobs

    That's obviously just a case on it

  • Stephan Klose

    The anTuTu Benchmark is about 1500 points less than my regular HTC M8 ... Also: Man that's an ugly phone!

  • David Sousa

    Is it just me, or with the various variations under the same high end name "Galaxy S?" (Active, Mini and Prime) Samsung is diluting their flagship just a bit too much?

    • unsivilaudio

      They have a bad habit of that.

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    I'm seriously lusting after those physical buttons.

  • Nathan

    I don't really get why people who want a rugged phone don't just buy a Nokia as secondary.