Our regular readers might be familiar with this, but we always say that Samsung has pushed the barriers of the “phablet” market, and I’m sure that most of you agree. Nevertheless, the Korean manufacturer is not the only smartphone maker to push the market to new limits, and we think that Sony played a pretty interesting role in shaping the smartphone market as well (and continues to do so). But we’re not talking about Sony’s involvement in the “phablet” market. Nope, we’re actually referring to the waterproof and dustproof trend – which might soon become the norm. As you all know, the Japanese company has waterproofed and dustproofed all its high-end devices launched in 2013. This “forced” other companies – such as Samsung – to create waterproof smartphones of their own. In Sammy’s case, we have the Galaxy S4 Active.
The interesting part however, is the idea that Samsung is reportedly working on a waterproof Galaxy S5 spin-off, which unlike last year’s S4 Active, will no longer be considered a “niche” device. More after the break.
Samsung Galaxy S5 “Active” in the Making?
According to news coming from Korea, last year’s S4 Active has accounted for 3%-4% of the “total Galaxy S4″ sales. More to the point, these fresh reports also suggest that Samsung is working on a Galaxy S5 Active (tentative name, official moniker still unknown).
The waterproof S5 model is said to become more than just a niche smartphone, and sources claim that this waterproof model will account for 20%-30% of the total Galaxy S5 sales.
The source also suggests that Samsung intends on producing roughly 5 million dust/waterproof S5 models, and that figure would definitely make the smartphone more mainstream. If these reports are spot-on, then there’s still the question of whether or not this waterproof variant will go on sale at the same time as the regular S5, but I suppose time will shed more light on this. Until then, stick around and we’ll keep you up to speed. Would any of you be more interested in an S5 “Active” than the non-waterproof model?