Earlier this month we knew the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active was going on sale at TELUS in the near future, but today Samsung of Canada just announced that it would launch today on several carriers and will only be available in the Titanium Grey. Bell put the pricing out at $279.95 for a two-year contract or $699.95 outright. We know it will show up on TELUS, but so far Rogers has been mum on their commitment.
Samsung took the regular Galaxy S5, made it more rugged and renamed it the Galaxy S5 Active. It is the smartphone that you can take anywhere - camping, hiking, or use on your job at a work site - and it will hold up to the elements and the rough handling that occurs at a worksite. The S5 Active is US Mil-STD-810G certified, making it salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation and thermal shock resistant. It is also IP67 certified which means it will withstand the effects of dust and can stay immersed in water for up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes. Yes, the Galaxy S5 Active was designed to withstand the tough usage and elements of the outdoors.
Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President, Mobile Solutions, Samsung Canada said, "The Samsung GALAXY GS5 Active is an important addition to Samsung's extensive smartphone portfolio because not only is it an ideal choice for Canadian consumers with active lifestyles but it's also tough enough to take from the jobsite to the slopes and anywhere in-between. The smart, powerful GALAXY S5 Active is built for life on the go and built to last."
The Galaxy S5 Active has several features to make your quick-paced life easier. For starters, the 16MP camera's HDR feature allows active users to balance color and light, create more depth using the focus and blur technique, using digital zoom and the full editing suite on board make it easy and quick to capture that perfect picture while on the go.
The S5 Active's 5.1-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display will automatically adjust to your lighting conditions around you, such as contrast and brightness levels to give you a vibrant, clear and rich display in every environment or at any job site - whether you are in the office or on the mountains.
For the active lifestyles, there is a built-in Heart Rate Monitor and while hiking or in a strange environment, the tap of one button it will bring up adventure-related features - compass, maps and a flashlight -instantly on the display. The Ultra Power Saving Mode (UPSM) will extend your S5 Active up to 24 hours on just 10-percent of the battery, as well as give you severe weather alerts.
Samsung's KNOX Workspace is like having two devices in one - it will create a separate and secure area of the device to store your confidential business data. The secure "TrustZone" is a tamper-resistant area of the ARM processor, backed with FIPS 140-2 certified ODE and VPN for protecting your data.
Business On-The-Go turns your Galaxy S5 Active into a 'mobile office' with Locus Field Service Management solution, allowing you to schedule and dispatch jobs, track employees and get real-time status. You can even accept credit card payments on the spot with Moneris Solutions and it can even help with payroll!
So what do you think? A rugged smartphone with brains...please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know if you see a Samsung Galaxy S5 Active in your future for your rugged lifestyle or for use on the job...as always, we would love to hear from you.