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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active seems to have a 5.2-inch screen, should be as waterproof as Sony's Xperia Z2

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active seems to have a 5.2-inch screen, should be as waterproof as Sony's Xperia Z2
Lately, we heard a lot about the unannounced Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, and we also saw several videos allegedly presenting its AT&T variant (SM-G870A). Well, we can now check out the S5 Active in another (short) video, which seems to confirm that the handset has a 5.2-inch display, thus being slightly larger than the 5.1-inch screen of the regular Galaxy S5.

The pixel resolution of the S5 Active’s display isn’t changed, so it’s the same 1,080 x 1,920 that’s also seen on the regular S5. The larger screen is hardly noticeable if you put the S5 Active next to the original S5.

According to TK Tech News, the S5 Active is IP58-certified, thus providing the same levels of dust- and water-resistance as Sony’s Xperia Z2. The regular Galaxy S5 is IP67-certified, which means you can’t keep it underwater for more than 30 minutes (but you will be able to do this with the S5 Active). 

Another unannounced Samsung handset that supposedly has a 5.2-inch screen is the Galaxy S5 Prime. Unlike the S5 Active, though, the Prime should offer a pixel resolution of 1,440 x 2,560. We’ve yet to find out when Samsung is planning to announce the Galaky S5 Active and S5 Prime. It should happen in the near future anyway.

source: TK Tech News (1), (2)

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posted on 22 May 2014, 23:53 9

1. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Yesteryear Samsung copied Apple, today copies Sony (dust and waterproof) and probably tomorrow will copy LG (very slim side bezels).

When will you stop copying the others, Sammy?

posted on 23 May 2014, 00:03 18

5. dmakun (Posts: 334; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)

When will you grow up?

posted on 23 May 2014, 00:18 8

6. hurrycanger (Posts: 1625; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Yeah man. Samsung copies all the time.
Samsung should stop. Why make phones with waterproof feature? People don't want it. People want Sammy's flagships to be not waterproof so they can talk craps about those phones.


posted on 23 May 2014, 02:13 2

13. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

You are such a disgrace to mankind...

posted on 23 May 2014, 02:27 1

14. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Erm, Did I make mistake with my words? Correct me if I'm wrong.

posted on 23 May 2014, 04:36 2

15. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

It seems you do not understands some basic things.
First, it is not copying to add features that other companies put in their products. It is meeting the demand. Copying the looks of something is totally different.
Second, it is like you do not know that these companies are dying for our approvals, costumers money!‌ Unless you own one of them you shouldn't be upset that Samsung is copying others. Which is not!

posted on 23 May 2014, 04:40 2

16. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Thin bezels are copying? Protection from the elements is copying? Are you deficient? Might as well cite the Motorola DynaTAC. It was "portable" and had this amazing invention called a "screen". Or maybe the IBM Simon is more appropriate. Touchscreen QWERTY keyboard, PDA, pager, fax, etc. Every smartphone since then has copied from the Simon.

Hey, check out that douchebag Henry Ford, copying those Mercedes Benzes! 4 wheels? No horses pulling it? That's design theft!!!

I'm not saying Samsung doesn't borrow elemtns from other companies. Everybody borrows from everybody. But thin bezels and waterproofing? If those are sacred innovations, then maybe I should see a lawyer about sueing people for stealing my inclined plane idea.

posted on 23 May 2014, 04:44 2

17. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

First of all...you dunno difference between copying and competing...
Rectangle with rounded corners is not property of apple...and waterproof smartphones are not property of sony....first waterproof smartphone was made by sharp not sony....
If you're saying this as a copy then all are copying samsung because samsung made the first phone with mp3 support....
From know try to learn the difference between copying and competing....

posted on 23 May 2014, 06:32

19. iushnt (Posts: 2259; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

@ markarigayo .. i wonder why u copy others as well and sleep or eat .. do something new!!! lol

posted on 23 May 2014, 05:33

18. rockers123 (Posts: 137; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)

Samsung had rugged phone before Sony,


posted on 23 May 2014, 08:53

22. RuiBacelar (Posts: 153; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

and keeping the good old tradition of "Active series" is fugly as it's predecessors

posted on 22 May 2014, 23:59 3

2. Anshulonweb (Posts: 437; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

brace yourselves........ Samsung s5 variants are coming....

posted on 23 May 2014, 00:33

9. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

TK also hinted at a Galaxy S5 Active mini for ATT.

posted on 23 May 2014, 00:01 2

4. joey18 (Posts: 597; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)

i hate samsung bcs wants the hall market are money hungry why samsung dont make real phone stop copying other phones and make people they do real stuff when is wrong samsung is going to be the next blackberry so much phones and the future people got tire and look for another brand

posted on 23 May 2014, 02:03

12. Cicero (Posts: 924; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)

I think you spend to much time looking at Samsung phones. Just STOP!

posted on 23 May 2014, 00:23

7. FingerMyApple (unregistered)

Almost done for the LG leak and now from Sammy,
why android manufacture so desperate to leak really drive me nuts!

posted on 23 May 2014, 00:31 2

8. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

I hope the S5 Active is like the S4 Active and has an LCD screen and not pentile/AMOLED.

posted on 23 May 2014, 00:37 1

10. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

Seems to be a non-pentile Amoled. Either way, TK suggested the screen looked better in his opinion..
Still do not understand the lack of >16gb. Phones should be minimum of 32.

posted on 23 May 2014, 01:04

11. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

16GB phones are to push people to Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, ATT Locker, etc., so all their data can be easily copied and sold by the various tech companies.It also makes more customers use more data which the telecoms really like (those that decide not to get an SD card).

There really is no other reason. Certainly not saving $3-4 worth of flash memory.

posted on 23 May 2014, 06:48

20. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)

It's awkward how Samsung has to make a special version of S5 (S5 Active) to make it as water-resistant as Z2...I'm not against Samsung, but just wondering why not instead they had made the S5 itself IP-58 certified?

posted on 23 May 2014, 07:33

21. papss (unregistered)

I hope it's more rugged that the s5.. I played around with an employee's s5 in white and it just felt cheap and toy like.. the back cover in white wasn't soft touch and when you sat it down it sounded hollow..

posted on 23 May 2014, 09:17 2

23. buccob (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

How many times does it need to be explain PA...

IP57, IP58, IP67, etc... its only the grade given according to the test made for the divice and conditions thats guaranteed to work. It DOES NOT mean that you can't use the Galaxy S5 for more than 30 minutes under water... it is just that the Standard test last that long... so the phone is AT LEAST guaranteed to work like that....

In my opinion and personal experience with an IP55/IP57 Acro S, the phone has worked with no problem in my bathing suit pocket on a pool for more than a couple of hours... I have also taken it to the sea for underwater pics and videos (sea water is not recommended) but I try to wash it after every salt water immersion.

The phone is NOT limited to 30 minutes at 1 meter... that is only the standard test that was able to pass without any problem... but the phone might be able to withstand tougher conditions, deeper immersion and longer times underwater.

BOTH SGS5, SGS5 Active, Z2... will be able to resist similar ammount of water... The difference will probably rely on the Active being shock resistance due to its body construction

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