Sprint and Samsung have announced the Galaxy S5 Sport. The smartphone is essentially Sprint's version of AT&T's Galaxy S5 Active and will be released on July 25.
Samsung is following a similar launch pattern with its current flagship Galaxy S5 as the company did last year with the Galaxy S4. The company launched a camera-centric Galaxy S4 variant when it launched the Galaxy S4 Zoom last summer, a miniature version of the Galaxy S4, with the introduction of the Galaxy S4 Mini, and a ruggedized variant that was an exclusive to AT&T in the form of the Galaxy S4 Active.
This year Samsung decided to launch what was believed to be the Galaxy S5 Zoom, in the form of the Galaxy K. We reported back in May that AT&T and Sprint were both set to get the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active launched a few weeks ago on AT&T, leading many to believe Sprint would not be getting the more ruggedized Galaxy S5.
Sprint customers will soon get their own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active and it's been renamed the Galaxy S5 Sport. Sprint hosted an event at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago where CEO Dan Hesse announced the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport.
"We continually innovate to provide our customers with new products that can improve their lives," said Dan Hesse, Sprint Chief Executive Officer, June 23 during an event in Chicago. "Previously, Sprint brought together Harman Kardon, HTC and Spotify to redefine how music should sound on the modern smartphone. Today, Sprint joins leading innovators in Samsung, Under Armour and MapMyFitness to drive technology advances for fitness, health and wellness."
The Sprint Samsung Galaxy Sport features a 5.1-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD Super AMOLED display and is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The smartphone is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset and 2 GB of RAM to provide a smooth and quick user experience. The Galaxy S5 Sport boasts a 16-megapixel rear camera that supports recording 4K video and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for selfiies and video chat.
The Galaxy S5 Sport ships with 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD expansion slot that will support up to 128 GB microSD cards. Its large 2,800 mAh battery will provide up to 29 hours of talk time and 20 days of standby time.
The Galaxy S5 Sport brings the same waterproof and dust resistant health and fitness features already offered on the Galaxy S5 Active. It also offers a year of Under Armour's MapMyFitness MVP, which brings custom audio coaching and training plans on top of the usual working stats. Sprint Fit Live is a mobile service that delivers instant customizable content with the ability to:
- Track, monitor, and share workout activity with 12 months of free MapMyFitness MVP, which includes premium content such as customized audio coaching, training plans, live tracking and more. MapMyFitness is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Under Armour, a leading performance and innovation brand.
- Access Spotify Workout playlists with free Spotify premium for six months for customers who are on Sprint Framily plans or three months for other Sprint customers.
- Live the Healthy Lifestyle by receiving updated smart, contextual health and fitness content.
- Customize the look and feel of fitness tracking, education, music and healthy living content displayed on the wallpaper or full screen experience.
Sprint will offer the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport online and in retail stores beginning July 25 for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $27.09. It will be available in choice of Electric Blue and Cherry Red.