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Latest Galaxy S5 Active Leak Shows off Active Key, Can be Used as Camera Key Underwater

May 22, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

In what’s become Samsung’s worst kept secret in recent years, the Galaxy S5 Active has leaked out a number of times and now, there’s very little we don’t know about it. Thanks to YouTuber TK TECH NEWS, we’ve seen a whole lot of the device and in these latest videos, we get to take a look at an exclusive feature on the Galaxy S5 Active. The rugged device from Samsung has an extra hardware key that isn’t present on the standard Galaxy S5, dubbed the ‘Active Key’

This feature of the Galaxy S5 Active is part of the ‘Activity Zone’ which groups all of the ‘Active’ features on the phone into one handy app. Features include a barometer, the pedometer, the flashlight, compass and more. From here you can choose which app for the Active Key to launch. You can have it launch one app with a single press and then longpress to launch another app. It’s a nifty little feature and works great for taking photos underwater as it works as a dedicated camera key when submerged, which is really quite useful as the touchscreen is all but useless underwater.

There’s speculation that the Galaxy S5 Active will also feature Optical Image Stabilisation as well, but we really have our doubts with this as it’s a big deal when it comes to camera tech, so why include it in a spin off variant and not the standard flagship? Nevertheless, the Galaxy S5 Active seems to be a pretty big improvement over last year’s Galaxy S4 Active and will actually appeal to those who like to get outdoors and explore, as well as those who have issues with getting devices wet or work in rough environments that other, more precious devices might not be able to handle. You can take a look at the active key in action below.