Samsung’s widely expected Galaxy S5 Active smartphone could be in your pocket sooner than you think, after a European retailer let slip of its supposed launch date across the EU.
Dutch mobile retailer Centralpoint is the company ‘at fault’, claiming that the rugged version of the S5 would be hitting markets in Europe on November 17th.
It wasn’t just the release date making waves either, with Centralpoint also revealing the S5 Active’s price tag which totals €577, around £455.
This is actually a pleasant surprise, as many experts had expected the Samsung handset to price up at around €630 or £500.
If you’re eager to pre-order the handset, Centralpoint are offering the phone now. Also, if you order and leave a review on the site, you’ll also be given a €100 voucher, which makes around £80 in UK money.
Of course, you can always wait and see just how deals will be translating here in the UK, with details on pay monthly plans still unknown as of yet but expected to total around £25/month with no up-front fee.
A number of EU countries are expected to host the Samsung handset upon its release including the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Austria, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Poland and Slovenia along with several others.
Featuring a 5.1” Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy S5 Active is a ‘tougher and more rugged’ version of the Galaxy S5 flagship released back in March by Samsung.
Its full HD resolution screen sits alongside 16GB storage, 2GB RAM and a Snapdragon 801 chipset, giving the handset plenty of power. Also included in the handset is a quad-core 2.5GHz processor as well as a 2800mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
It’s not yet known whether the handset will be supporting Android Lollipop upon its release ahead of the New Year.
The S5 Active’s main selling point comes in the form of its protection from the elements, with an IP67 certification allowing for water submersion for around half an hour.
Also, its less common MIL-STD-810G certification means that the handset is salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant, something very few handsets can match.
Whilst it isn’t likely that you’ll be needing any solar radiation resistance in your mobile phone, it’s definitely a nice addition, albeit one which won’t be used often.
Also, if you’re planning on taking some photos with the S5 Active you won’t be left wanting. Sporting a 16 megapixel lens on its back side and a 2 megapixel front facing lens, photos come out vivid and sharp, all whilst stored behind one of the strongest smartphone chassis on the market.
None of these details are set in stone just yet as Samsung is still to officially announce the handset’s European launch date, but it’s extremely unlikely that any of this will change ahead of launch.
Written by Luke Hatfield