We've been hearing for a while that Samsung will pull a Samsung, and release a Galaxy S5 Active handset
this year, in addition to its water-resistant S5
flagship. Another confirmation about an "active" version of the S5 has arrived, and this time with much more credibility, as it comes directly from the venerable @evleaks account. The durable handset will eventually land on AT&T and Sprint, as well as other unnamed carriers, under the codename SM-G870x.
Last year the company pulled the same trick with the ruggedized, bolt
-on S4 Active
, but this year the original itself can be dunked in up to three feet of water for up to half an hour. Thus, the S5 Active must be able to scuba dive much deeper, if it wants to attract any attention, so we can't wait to see what military-grade certification it will carry.
Samsung Galaxy S5 carries an IP67 tag, and the next level is IP68, meaning that the device will be able to stay in up to five feet (1.5m) of water, for more than an hour. That's the ability of Sony's new Xperia Z2
flagship, for instance, so the Galaxy S5 Active should be striving for at least this tag, in addition to a more ruggedized chassis, if it strives to really earn the "Active" moniker.