There’s no shortage of phones that don’t – or didn’t – quite make it to the UK, one of the highest profile snubs this year being the Galaxy S5 Active, essentially a ruggedised version of Samsung’s flagship.
But if you’ve been mourning the lack of Samsung-endorsed ruggedness on these shores, perhaps even shedding a single manly tear while chopping some wood or knocking down a block of flats, we’ve good news for you this morning: The European release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is reportedly right around the corner.
That’s the story over on the generally quite reliable SamMobile, which credits “one of our elite friends” while relaying leaked pics of the "imminent" European take on the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active.
There are only two, relatively minor, differences between the European model and the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active that debuted on AT&T back in May.
For starters, the ‘Galaxy S5 Active’ logo is replaced by a plain old ‘Samsung’ badge, while the model number becomes SM-G870F. Again, nothing worth worrying about.
As such, Samsung Galaxy S5 Active specs remain like this: 5.1in 1080p Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB expandable storage, a 16MP rear camera, and a 2,800mAh battery. Oh, and not forgetting IP67-certified resistance to dust and water.
The dedicated hardware button remains in place, too, with a short press taking you to the Active Zone (compass, barometer, flashlight, stopwatch) and a longer press launching the camera.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active price is given as €629, which means around £500 – probably a tad more, realistically – in our money. It’ll be available in Titanium Grey and Cemo Green, and though an exact release date isn’t available just yet, we're told it'll be “soon”.