High-level protection against water and dust damage will come as standard in the Samsung Galaxy S5, it seems, as the phone-maker throws everything its got at its next-gen flagship to make the S4's disappointing sales a distant memory.
According to sources cited by ZD Net’s Korean site, the regular Galaxy S5 will offer the same water-resistant capabilities as the Galaxy S4 Active.
This was aimed specifically at the adventure sports market and when in its dedicated Aqua Mode could be submerged for 30 minutes in one metre of water and come out unharmed.
A source said: “For the previously released Galaxy S4, water-proof and dust-proof capabilities were adapted to the handset’s variants. But for the Galaxy S5, the standard model will have them immediately.”
The same insiders also corroborated rumours that the Galaxy S5 will feature a fingerprint scanner with an ultra-violet coating for extra security.
As with Apple’s Touch ID, this will be located in the home button and not in the screen as some have suggested.
Smartphone fans will get their first glimpse of the S5 at Mobile World Congress later this month, where Samsung is also expected to debut the Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch.
Features of the S5 are a matter of pure conjecture, but are thought to include a metal build, a 20-megapixel camera, Android 4.4 KitKat and a wholly revamped homescreen.