Samsung Galaxy S5 Active to feature OIS and Active Key?
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active features should include optical image stabilisation (OIS) and a new Active Key.
A tonne of hands-on videos with the rugged version of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 have leaked online, revealing several of the handset’s unique features.
The latest video shows off a new hardware key next to the volume rocker, known as the Active Key.
The functionality of this button can be customised according to your own needs through a new menu within the Settings.
For example, the video suggests a long press could be used to launch the Camera app, while a short press would bring up the Activity Zone, which offers access to apps like the compass, stopwatch and torch.
This Active key can also be used as a dedicated shutter button when in the camera mode, which should help with underwater photography when you can’t use the phone’s touchscreen.
A separate video also suggest the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active will come with optical image stabilisation (OIS).
However, it could be that the increase image stability comes from software image stabilisation, as it would be odd to add OIS hardware to anything but the flagship model.
This pair of new videos follows an S5 Active benchmark video leak that suggests the rugged version will pack the same specs as the flagship S5.
The Galaxy S5 Active then will come with a full 1080p HD Super AMOLED display running on a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM.
There will be the same 16-megapixel rear camera and of course the S5 Active will be powered by Android 4.4.2 KitKat with the latest Touchwiz UI.
Basically the only differences between the S5 and the S5 Active will be external by the looks of it, apart from the possible OIS.
The Galaxy S5 launched with water- and dust-resistant certification, which was the main difference between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 Active, so the S5 Active will focus on being more impervious to drops, scratches and cracks.
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