Staying fit is not always an easy task. Sprint knows that and is willing to give you all the support you need including a new fitness-themed version of the Galaxy S5. Yes, another variant of Samsung’s flagship smartphone is on its way. Called the Galaxy S5 Sport, the phone was just announced by Sprint and is the carrier’s launch device for its new Fit Live health tracking initiative.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport for Sprint
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport has its own page on Sprint’s website where you can register for updates. The handset will arrive on July 25th in Electric Blue and Cherry Red, both with a price tag of $650 or $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $27.09 each with Sprint’s Easy Pay scheme. For a limited time users who buy the Galaxy S5 Sport will also get $50 off the Gear Fit wristband and 50% off certain sport headphones.
The Galaxy S5 Sport looks like a cross between the regular Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S5 Active. The front panel with physical buttons resembles the S5 Active, the back, however, sports a brand new design which appears more durable than the Galaxy S5, though not as rugged as the Active. The case is still patterned but also has two stripes that run horizontally and divide the back panel into three equal parts. At the moment it’s unclear whether the stripes serve any function other than providing a firmer grip.
The phone comes with IP67 rating for dust and water resistance (it can survive up to 30 minutes in up to 1 meter of water) but seems to be missing the military grade certification of the S5 Active. Measuring 144 x 74 x 8.9 mm, the device is larger than the Galaxy S5 but not quite as big as the Active variant. The same goes for the weight – with 158 grams on the scale, the Galaxy S5 Sport fits perfectly in between the original Galaxy S5 and S5 Active.
The phone will ship with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box and will come with a few extra apps from Sprint. To encourage you to take care of your health the carrier pre-loaded the handset with a year of MapMyFitness MVP for free and either three or six months of Spotify Premium gratis, depending on which Sprint plan you choose. The MapMyFitness MVP app offers, among others, custom workouts and real-time fitness tracking, while Spotify makes workouts more pleasant by providing access to your favorite music.
When it comes to hardware, the Galaxy S5 Sport is like the regular S5’s twin. It packs the same 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, 16-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing sensor. The processor is the familiar quad-core 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 assisted by 2 GB of RAM. There’s also 16 GB of internal memory and microSD slot for storage expansion. Connectivity features include 4G LTE (with support for Sprint Spark), Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and GPS. Like other members of the Galaxy S5 family, the S5 Sport is also equipped with fingerprint scanner and hear rate monitor.
Aside from free apps and a few tweaks on the design, the Galaxy S5 Sport doesn’t bring anything new to the table. What it does instead is take the best features of two Galaxy S5 phones and combine them in one device. Time will tell whether potential customers will like the idea. For now the handset looks promising. Do you agree?
more info: Sprint