New videos show the features of Samsung's Galaxy S5 Active and compare it to the regular S5

New videos show the features of Samsung's Galaxy S5 Active and compare it to the regular S5
Last night, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active appeared in a video that allowed us to take a pretty good look at it - even though, as you probably know, the handset hasn’t been officially announced. Today, several new videos are showing the S5 Active again.

From what we can see, the new smartphone runs Android 4.4.2, and has the same quad-core 2.46GHz Snapdragon 801 processor as the regular S5, plus 2GB of RAM. The screen of the S5 Active is a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED one, but it’s said that it’s “less washed out” and looks better.

The frame around the S5 Active seems to be made out of metal (with rubber encasing it - for more ruggedness, and probably a higher resistance to water). Unlike the regular S5, which features a 16MP rear camera with digital image stabilization, the S5 Active appears to have a rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS).

Another novelty of the Galaxy S5 Active is that it comes with an Activity Zone app that provides info from the device’s barometer and compass. The Activity Zone app can be directly opened with an Active Key that’s found on the left side of the handset (this also functions as a camera button).

The S5 Active that's presented in the videos is the SM-G870A variant, which should be released by AT&T in the US at some point (probably in the near future). In case the videos are taken down (which might actually happen pretty soon), we got you covered with some images - included after the video slideshow:

source: TK Tech News (YouTube)

Related phones

Galaxy S5 Active
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(29h talk time)



1. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Metal and OIS?1? This may be somethings hat the S5 wasn't. In between S5 and S5 Prime...awesome! !

10. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

Samsung makes such unnecessary phones.... maybe it should make one phone and make that phone good enough that there is no need for all fragmented lines of phones...... Like HTC and Sony!

12. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Wait....what ? GS5 does not have OIS....even my Nokia Lumia 920 (2 1/2 years old) has OIS.

21. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Wait ... what ? Nokia don´t have the right SW ??? Is missing File Explorer etc ???? even my Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 (3 years) has it

23. rromerof

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Wait... what? The S5830 lags for every simple app that is launched and has no space for apps?? My Nokia 701 is way better that Samsung junk

26. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013


27. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Give some cold water to sip1995 .. he must be hurt badly ! :p

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Definitely a more appealing S5 than the S5 Band-Aid Edition.

3. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

There must be something wrong with your eyes for you to say that the original S5 looks like Band-Aid.

5. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

Gigaraga, the one you are talking to is a fanboy a Sony or whatever brand. Its really obvious. Never mind him.

11. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

He dislikes Samsung

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"He dislikes Samsung" Not Samsung, just their latest phones, mainly because of KNOX, ugly/lame design, locked bootloaders, and having too many fake gimmicky features. Samsung makes some great tablets, especially the TabPro 8.4. The S5 Active looks like a very nice phone. If they have a 16MP OIS camera on it and it is available with an unlocked bootloader on ATT, I may even get one.

17. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

One of the videos said that the S5 Active will have a 15.9MP camera so get one when it comes out.

19. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

He is one of the most neutral people here on phonearena. I am also a fan of Samsung but after S4 and S5 I am more inclined towards LG. The real crown of Samsung are now it's Note phones and Note Tablets.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Google must be broken too. Lots of hits for S5 and band-aid: Including this nice synopsis -- "Samsung’s plastic design for the Galaxy S5 has been widely criticized, with the pattern on the phone’s back cover likened to band-aid designs. Even Samsung has somewhat acknowledged its design issues, reshuffling the leadership of its mobile design team."

4. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

wow, metal and OIS camera really wowed me. They gave me a reason now why should I upgrade my S4 Active to S5 Active.

7. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Whats that blackened out strip at the bottom of the S5 Active say? I hope thats just not a very well made case for S5.

8. HASHTAG unregistered

It seems like both the S4 and S5 Active looks better than the original.

9. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

OK, so do we know if it is stuck with 16 GB?

13. papss unregistered

Hmm I sort of like it

14. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

wow i love it metal ois and hard plastic that overlaps and its waterproof hmm

15. alexthe10

Posts: 21; Member since: May 13, 2014

Wow talk about business. I was really looking to getting the G3 then heard about 1000$ price So i started thinking else where maybe blackberrys next flagship but wow this is something Im loving metal metal metal with those specs And cámara the only thing that might stop me is its UI. Im So darn confused any help on what to buy.

18. XperiaX

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

but those button...

20. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

What with Samsung's fetish for Hardware buttons on ruggedized phones? Why not virtual buttons

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

Because you can't use them underwater.

24. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

This basically confirmed that the Note 4 will most likely have OIS for the camera and it won't be a carbon copy plaster of the Galaxy S5 like all the other Notes and Galaxies before it. That's certainly nice to know.

25. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

It is Active version. Design for "hard activities". I'm a fisherman. I love it.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.