Difference between Samsung Galaxy S5 and S5 Active

Key Difference: Samsung Galaxy S5 is the latest phone in the Samsung Galaxy series. The Galaxy S5 Active is rugged variant aimed to be more outdoors and sport friendly. The S5 Active is quite similar to the S5 in design and hardware, but does make introduce a few changes in order to be able to hold up its claim of “Active.”

OEM manufactures are often known for launching variants of the same smartphone. One of the OEMs famous for doing this is Samsung. Samsung is known as the company leading the smartphone revolution. Samsung’s most famous line of smartphones is the Samsung Galaxy. The latest phone is this series is the Samsung Galaxy S5, and as history proves itself, Samsung has also launched various variants. One of these variants is the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active.

The Galaxy S5 Active is rugged variant aimed to be more outdoors and sport friendly. The S5 Active is quite similar to the S5 in design and hardware, but does make introduce a few changes in order to be able to hold up its claim of “Active.” However, the Galaxy S5 Active is only available in the United States exclusively from AT&T.

Both the S5 and S5 Active have a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. However, the S5 Active is slightly bigger than the S5, this is mainly because it has added bumpers and reinforced edges, which protect it from accidents and falls among other things. Samsung has also replaced the capacitive touch keys found on the regular S5 with physical buttons.

In terms of hardware, both S5 and S5 Active are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with a Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU and 2 GB RAM. While the S5 is available in two storage variants: 16 GB and 32 GB, the S5 Active is only available in 16 GB. However, both allow expandable storage up to 128 GB.

The phones have a 16 MP primary camera with a 2 MP, 1080p front facing camera. However, the S5 can take pictures with a 5312 x 2988 pixel resolution with its back camera, whereas the S5 Active can only take pictures with a 3456 x 4608 pixel resolution. The S5 also uses a hybrid autofocus system that uses standard auto focus with phase detection autofocus, which means that the camera auto focuses in upto 0.3 seconds, which is faster than most phone cameras. 

Both S5 and S5 Active are water and dust resistant. They have an IP67 rating, which means that they can be submerged in 3.3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. However, the S5 Active also has a military-standard 810G rating for resistance against fungus, acidic atmosphere, ballistic shock and more.

The S5 Active has gotten rid of the fingerprint reader, which in the S5 is placed on the home button. With the USB interface, the S5 also has an MHL interface, which allows connecting an HDMI cable to a TV. Both S5 and S5 Active have a heart rate monitor that syncs with an updated S Health app. The S5 Active also comes with an exclusive "Activity Zone" app, which contains a barometer, compass, and stopwatch. The S5 Active also adds an "Active Key" to the side of the device, which can be configured to launch certain apps on short and long presses. By default, the button launches the Activity Zone.

Comparison between Samsung Galaxy S5 and S5 Active:

 

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

Launch Date

April 2014

May 2014

Company

Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics

Size

142 (5.59in) x 72.5 (2.85in) x 8.1 mm (0.32 in)

145.3 (5.72 in) x 73.4 (2.89 in) x 8.9 mm (0.35 in)

Display

5.1 inches (diagonal) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

5.1 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

Screen

1080 x 1920 pixels, 16M colors (~432 ppi pixel density)

1080 x 1920 pixels, 16M colors (~432 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Weight

145 g (5.11 oz)

170.1 g (6.00 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-G900F

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-G900A

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-G900M

 HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-G900T

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - AT&T, Bell

4G Network

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - SM-G900F

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - SM-G900A

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - SM-G900M

LTE 700 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - SM-G900T

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - AT&T

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

(Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17, 29) - Bell

GUI

TouchWiz UI

TouchWiz UI

CPU speed

Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 330

Adreno 330

OS

Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)

Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801

RAM

2 GB RAM

2 GB RAM

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

Micro-SIM

Internal Memory

16/32 GB

16 GB (11.2 GB user available)

Expandable Memory

microSD, up to 128 GB

microSD, up to 128 GB

Sensors

Gesture Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, HR Sensor, Hall Sensor, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Light Sensor, Barometer, Proximity Sensor

Accelerometer, Barometer, Geomagnetic Sensor, Gesture Sensor, Gyro Sensor, HRM Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor

Connectivity

GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, USB v3.0

GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, USB v2.0

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

Speed

HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL

HSDPA, 42 Mbps, HSUPA, 11 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

v4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE

v4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE

USB

microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2.1), USB On-the-go, USB Host

microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go, USB Host

Primary Camera

16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flash

16 MP, 3456 x 4608 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

2 MP, [email protected], dual video call

2 MP, [email protected]

Video

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec

Video Playing Resolution:

UHD 4K (3840 x 2160), @30fps

[email protected], [email protected]

Camera Features

  • 1/2.6'' sensor size
  • 1.12 µm pixel size
  • Dual Shot
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face/smile detection
  • HDR
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • touch focus
  • face/smile detection
  • HDR
  • Aqua mode
  • Auto Focus
  • Dual-Camera
  • Dual-Recording
  • Geo-Tagging
  • HD Playback
  • Full HD (1080p)
  • HD Recording: UHD 4K (3840 x 2160), @30fps
  •  LED Flash
  • Online Image Uploading
  • Photo Editing
  • Shot Modes: Auto, Beauty Face, Shot and more, Panorama, Virtual Tour, Dual Camera, Download
  • Slow Motion Recording
  • TV/Video-Out: HDMI, Samsung Link, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi
  •  Video
  • Video Editing
  • Zero Shutter Lag

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

3GA, AWB, FALC, MID, MXMF, OGA, OTA, RTX, RTTTL, XMF, AAC, AMR, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA

3GA, AWB, FLAC, MID, MXMF, OGA, OTA, RTX, RTTTL, XMF, AAC, AMR, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA

Video supported formats

FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV, 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI

FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV, 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery

3.85 Volt, Lithium Ion, 2800 mAh

Stand-by

Up to 390 hours

Up to 480 h

Talk time

Up to 21 hours

Up to 29 Hours

Internet use

-

3G: Up to 11 Hours; 4G: Up to 12 Hours; Wi-Fi: Up to 13 Hours;

Video playback

-

Up to 14 Hours

Audio playback

Up to 67 hours

Up to 77 Hours

Available Colors

Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, Shimmery White

Camo Green, Titanium Grey, Ruby Red

Messaging

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM

Email; Picture Messaging; Text Messaging; Video Messaging

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

No

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Fingerprint sensor (PayPal certified) IP67 certified - dust and water resistant
  • Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Wireless charging (market dependent)
  • ANT+ support
  • S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll
  • Air gestures
  • Dropbox (50 GB cloud storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL 2.1 A/V link)
  • Organizer
  • Photo/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • IP67 certified - dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • MIL-STD-810G certified - salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant
  • HDMI port
  • Organizer
  • Photo/video editor
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Enterprise-Ready; Corporate E-mail/Calendar/Contacts; Microsoft Office-compatible; Mobile Device Management; OCR/Business Card/Photo Scanner; On-Device Encryption (ODE); SAFE; SAFE with KNOX; Virtual Private Network

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