Galaxy S5 Active Gets the Video Leak Treatment, Shows 5.2-inch Screen and Physical Buttons

May 23, 2014 - Written By Nick Sutrich

Samsung loves to make smartphones and tablets, and it shows with every release of their devices.  There are smartphones and tablets for every price, size and category you can think of, and Samsung isn’t changing the name of the game with the Galaxy S5.  The “regular” Galaxy S5 has already seen a release and has sold incredibly well so far, outpacing even the highly successful Galaxy S4.  Now it looks like Samsung is ready to start cranking out additional models, and the Galaxy S5 Prime may not be the first out of the gate.  We’ve seen details leak for the Galaxy S5 Active before and were scratching out heads at the idea given that the Galaxy S4 Active was the water-resistant model of the Galaxy S4, and the “regular” Galaxy S5 is already highly water and dust resistant out of the gate.  This time around it seems that Samsung is not only bringing back the three physical buttons with the Galaxy S5 Active so that the phone can actually be used underwater to some extent, but is also increasing the water resistance up to an IP68 rating.  That’s a whole notch above the regular Galaxy S5’s IP67 rating if you’re keeping tabs.

As a result of this better water rating the leaker in question here tested the phone by keeping it 8 feet under water for an hour and a half and the phone still lived to see another day with no water underneath its removable back hatch.  The video released by the leaker is short but shows off the design of the device which looks incredibly similar to the Galaxy S4 Active, with the same unique back design and everything.  What’s new here is the apparent increase in screen size, moving from the 5.1-inch screen on the regular Galaxy S5 to a 5.2-inch screen according to the leaker.  No telling why Samsung did this, but it may hint at different screen technologies being used in the Active vs the regular edition.  While the three physical buttons on the front are ultimately disappointing looking, their functionality under water may make up for the sheer ugly factor that they bring.  Check out the video below to see it in action.

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