Samsung Galaxy S5 Active powers up on AT&T

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active powers up on AT&TWe had it pencilled in to appear for the first time at the Galaxy Premiere 2014 event next month, but Samsung's Galaxy S5 Active has surprised us by showing up officially today.

It's exclusive to AT&T in the US for now, and will probably still only make its way out to the wider world after the 12 June shindig in New York anyway, but at least now we can get a better picture of what to expect.

The concept behind the Galaxy S5 Active is simple enough: it's based on the regular Galaxy S5, but has a ruggedised, weatherproof exterior and comes pre-loaded with some extra health/fitness-based software goodies.

Tough guy attitude is guaranteed thanks to the IP67-rated chassis – that is shock resistant, water resistant (in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes), and dust proof. Just like the Galaxy S4 Active.

And as with the S4 Active, the toughened-up S5 doesn't ask you to give up much by way of specifications for the added muscle.

You get a 5.1in full HD Super AMOLED display and a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, and unlike last year's model you appear to get the same camera too as the non-Active S5 – or at 16MP it's the same resolution at the very least.

What you don't get is the fancy-pants fingerprint reader of the full S5, though the heart rate monitor does survive.

On the software front . And if you are stuck halfway up a mountain in the middle of nowhere you'll probably appreciate the Ultra Power Saving Mode, which shuts down all non-essential apps and turns the screen to black and white if battery life is getting tight but still allows you to receive calls. Not that you're likely to have signal halfway up a mountain, but anyway.

There's also the latest S-Health 4 package, which forms part of the Activity Zone, which can be launched with a single press of a dedicated “convenience key” located down the side.

AT&T customers can get their hands on the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active right now, but we'll probably have to wait a few weeks to find out when it'll be available in the UK and how much you'll have to pay.

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