Even though Samsung has yet to confirm it, it’s almost certain that the South Korean company will launch a rugged version of the Galaxy S5 in the coming weeks.
Proof of the phone’s existence leaked online in the last couple of days, suggesting that the so-called Galaxy S5 Active would be launched in multiple countries and carriers.
The latest news concerning the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active comes via SammyToday and highlights the fact that the smartphone has just gotten some placeholders on various Scandinavian websites (Samsung Finland, Samsung Norway and Samsung Sweden).
The smartphone appears under the codename Samsung SM-G850F, which is supposed to be the international version of the Galaxy S5 Active.
Last week, a few more Galaxy S5 Active models leaked online with different codenames: SM-G870A and SM-G860. These smartphones are supposed to be launched in the United States through AT&T and Sprint, respectively.
No other details on the Galaxy S5 Active’s arrival have been uncovered for the moment, but we suspect that it won’t be too long now until Samsung makes it official.
It’s unclear why Samsung would want to launch a rugged version of the Galaxy S5, which has already some of the features that the Active is supposed to have, like protection against water.
Obviously, we can safely assume that the Galaxy S5 Active will be better protected against drops, so we expect it to be larger and heavier than the standard model.
Other than that, Galaxy S5 Active is said to pack similar hardware and software specs as the current Galaxy S5 model that’s now available on the market.
This means that the rugged smartphone should sport the same 5.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution, as well as a high-capacity 2800 mAh battery.
Connectivity-wise, Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is likely to offer LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC (Near Field Communication), as well as GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS.
The hear-rate sensor shouldn’t miss from the rugged version of Galaxy S5 given the fact that it’s aimed at active people that prefer to get the most out of their smartphones while outdoors. Still, nothing has been confirmed, so this is just a guess.
There’s a high chance that the international version of Galaxy S5 Active will be the first to be announced, soon followed by various models that should go on sale in North America and other regions. We will keep an eye out for any additional details, so stay tuned for more info on the matter.