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A new Samsung smartphone, labelled the SM-G870A, has been certified by the FCC, which suggests that the device is ready for a release any time soon. There have been rumors circulating that Samsung has been working on an Active version of the Galaxy S5, labeled as the SM-G870. It’s suspected that this recently spotted SM-G870A is the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S5 Active.

Although the Galaxy S5 is already water and dust resistant (IP67 certified), it looks like Samsung is still keen to go ahead with an Active version of the Galaxy S5. According to the FCC listing, the SM-G870A handset is slightly larger than the standard Galaxy S5, coming in at 143.0mm tall and 73.42mm wide compared with 142 x 72.5 mm for the standard S5. It’s likely that this extra millimeter accounts for a more rugged protective body and possibly a sturdier IP68 rating.

The SM-G870A also appears to support AT&T-friendly LTE (bands 2, 4 and 17), NFC, and dual-band Wi-Fi is also mentioned in the listing. Additionally, the handset seems to have the same 2,800 mAh battery found inside the standard Galaxy S5 and the same  full HD resolution (1920×1080) 5.1 inch display, although we’re not sure about the display type yet.

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Other specs are unknown at this point, but it’s possible that an Active Galaxy S5 would follow in the footsteps of the GS4 Active, with possible changes made to the display, such as replacing AMOLED with LCD, and other hardware specifications.

We should hear more about this device in the near future.

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer covering SoCs, displays, cameras, and everything in between. In his spare moments you'll find him building audio gadgets.