Earlier this year – when the Samsung Galaxy S5 was still a rumor – we’ve cited the Korean media, suggesting that this year Sammy will also launch a “Samsung Galaxy S5 Active”, which will most likely boast similar specifications as the regular model. Nevertheless, given the fact that the S5 is already dust and water resistant with an IP67 certification (the same as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active), people have begun wondering if an SGS5 Active makes sense. Well, in our opinion it can make sense, if and only if Samsung will make the Active spin-off an even more rugged-ized smartphone.
Either way, the point of the matter is that the SGS5 Active is not just a myth. The handset in question has recently paid the FCC a visit, with support for AT&T’s network in tow, and even more recently the handset also flexed its muscles in AnTuTu. This obviously gives us an opportunity to learn more about what makes the gadget tick, so let’s have a look, shall we?
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Surfaces in Benchmarks
A new Samsung smartphone boasting the model number “SM-G879A” – or what appears to be the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active – has been recently spotted in AnTuTu’s database. By the looks of it, one could easily mistake it for a regular Galaxy S5. In other words, while last year’s Active had a few differences in terms of hardware when compared with its “non-Active” counterpart, this year’s model seems to borrow the same exact setup from the regular Galaxy S5.
As such, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active makes use of a Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz, an Adreno 330 graphics chip, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a 1080 x 1920 display (it remains to be seen is AMOLED or LCD), and Android 4.4.2 out of the box. More importantly, the S5 Active seems to feature the same camera setup as its regular counterpart, meaning that it packs a 16 MP main shooter complemented by a 2 MP front-facing sensor.
In terms of synthetic benchmarking, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active performs almost identical as the Chinese variant of the SGS5, but that’s to be expected.
As for the whole waterproofing conundrum, while the AnTuTu database isn’t confirming or refuting anything concerning the level of resilience boasted by the S5 Active, we can safely assume that the gadget will indeed feature a higher IP rating (perhaps IP68?) than the regular S5. It might also feature a different, more industrial design language; much like the S4 Active did last year. Any thoughts?