The AT&T variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active (SM-G870A) appeared at the FCC last week, and now a similar device has shown up on the GFXBench website, complete with hardware specs.
According to the listing, the Galaxy S5 Active (SM-G870) will come with a 5.2 inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, although whether this is an AMOLED or LCD panel is unknown as this point. It’s also worth noting that the original Galaxy S5 is listed on GFXBench as having a 5.2 inch display, even though the device actually has a 5.1 inch screen, so this could also be the case with the Galaxy S5 Active.
The handset also appears to come with a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, although again there is some speculation that this could actually be a Snapdragon 801, due to the high clock speed. There’s 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory (of which 11GB appears to be available), a 2 megapixel front facing camera, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The rear camera in the Galaxy S5 Active is 16 megapixels, just like the Galaxy S5, but we can’t tell if it uses the same ISCOCELL image sensor at this stage. Although the GFXBench result lists 15 megapixels, the resolution of 5312 x 2988 is equivalent to the usual 16 megapixel setup, so we’ll chalk that up to another slight inaccuracy.
Overall everything appears pretty much identical to the standard Galaxy S5. The only real change comes from the ever so slightly different dimensions which were discovered via the FCC listing. The Galaxy S5 Active comes in at 143 x 73.42 mm wide, compared with 142 x 72.5 mm for the standard S5.
Samsung must have some additional water and dust resistant features or a more durable case design planned for the S5 Active, otherwise there doesn’t appear to be a reason for the Galaxy S5 Active to exist. Hopefully, we will hear something official about the handset in the near future.