Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Monday June 23, 2014.
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Anyone wanting a Samsung Galaxy smartphone to keep up with less typical usage patterns has had to turn to the Active series sold on AT&T, but Sprint today announced that it has its own special Samsung smartphone targeted at users with an "active lifestyle." The new Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport isn't a handset focused on being rugged; Sprint has opted to go for the health side of the description. The phone comes with a grip-friendly textured body in red or blue. It has three raised physical buttons for navigation, and an Activity Zone app and button that has a barometer, compass, flashlight, and stopwatch, as seen on the Active. Like all S5 models, the S5 Sport has IP67 water and dust resistance.
The S5 Sport turns to health features like Sprint Fit Live, a central place to monitor workout activities, MapMyFitness MVP (12 months free), Spotify Workout playlists (6 months free service on Framily plan), and getting updates on fitness apps. It seems strange that Sprint would need a new phone to introduce this because you can already get the same perks with a regular S5 on Sprint. The benefits will be the centralized Health option to go with the Sprint Spark LTE connectivity and HD Voice.
Sprint will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport on July 25 for 24 payments of $27.09 ($650.16). The phone comes in Electric Blue or Cherry Red and are otherwise identical to the Galaxy S5.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport Specs
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.