Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 Active – Specifications and Price Comparison in Australia

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | June 6, 2014 8:42 AM EST

The Samsung Galaxy S5 was released in the month of February 2014. Packed with amazing features and great software and hardware performances, this phone is one of the top-selling phones across the globe. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, on the other hand, is expected to be announced in a press conference scheduled by Samsung on June 12, 2014. The Galaxy S5 'Active' is touted to be the rugged version of the Galaxy S5.

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A new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is seen on a display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.Picture taken on February 23.

Readers who are interested in purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S5 or waiting for the release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, here is a specification and price comparison pertaining to Australia.

Display, Exterior and Size

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.5 inches Super AMOLED display, with a superior resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. Whereas the Galaxy S5 Active is expected to come with a relatively smaller 5.1 inches Super AMOLED display, with the same screen resolution as the Galaxy S5. Both the phones share the same pixel density of 432 ppi.

The thickness and the weight of Samsung Galaxy S5 are 0.32 inches and 145 g respectively.  The Galaxy S5 Active, on the other hand, is expected to come with a thickness of 0.35 inches and a weight of 170 g, owing to the ruggedness of the handset.

It is worth noting that, both the handsets feature water and dust resistant exteriors. However, the rugged Galaxy S5 Active is shock resistant as well. This handset is IP67 and MIL-STD-810G certified. In addition, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is expected to house sturdy physical buttons.

Hardware and Software

Both the handsets are powered by a quad-core Krait 400 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 801) processor, clocked at 2.5 GHz and it comes with a 2 GB of RAM. Also, both the handsets run on the latest Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS with Samsung's TouchWiz UI.

Camera               

Both the phones sport 16 MP rear-facing cameras with LED flash and 2 MP front-facing camera units. In addition, both Galaxy S5 Active and Galaxy S5 can shoot 4K (3,840 x 2,160) videos.

Memory

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage, while the Galaxy S5 Active is expected to come with 16 GB of internal storage. In addition, both the phones support microSD slot for expansion up to 128 GB.

Battery

Both the phones sport the same 2800 mAh battery unit. The recently released Galaxy S5 can provide up to 21 hours of talk-time and 390 hours of stand-by time. The rugged version, on the other hand, is expected to provide 29 hours of talk-time and 480 hours of stand-by time.

SIM

Both the phones support micro-sim.

Colour

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes in four shades gold, white, black, and blue. The Galaxy S5 Active will come in 'camo green,' 'titanium grey' and 'ruby red' shades.

Misc

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active will feature a 'convenience key' located on the side of the handset. Upon pressing the key, the Active Zone app gets activated and it brings apps like compass, stopwatch, flashlight, and barometer, among others on the home screen.

It is worth mentioning that, the original Galaxy S5 comes with a hard key (Home) and two soft keys (Back and Task Switcher). The sturdy Galaxy S5 Active, on the other hand, features hard keys for all three buttons.

The Galaxy S5 features Fingerprint sensor, while the Galaxy S5 Active doesn't. In addition, both the phones support NFC.

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is priced at AU$729.95 in Australia. According to PC Advisor, AT&T has confirmed a Camo Green version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active specific to the U.S. market. The handset is priced at US$714.99 that roughly translates to AU$771.49.

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A new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is seen on a display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.Picture taken on February 23.
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