A new rumor is making its appearance in the world of Samsung, indicating that they are preparing their own rugged smartphone out of the box. Apparently Samsung is thinking about making the Galaxy S5 waterproof
without making a side-version of the device (like they did with the Galaxy S4 Active
There were rumors suggesting that a rugged Note 3 is in the works also with waterproof and dustproof capabilities. The report on Galaxy S5 being rugged as default were leaked by ET News
Whether the rumor is true or not we cannot say for sure, but there is one reason why this might be true. If you didn't know, Sony already has waterproof devices by default. So it doesn't seem so impossible to achieve this. However Samsung should really change their design to implement this. But the truth is, this is exactly what Samsung needs.
Reports indicate that Samsung Galaxy S4 Active was a great success, as people are attracted by the idea of a rugged device that cannot be damaged, at least not easily. The Galaxy S5 has to be a complete innovation in order for Samsung to maintain their position on the market.
In conclusion, this rumors seems fairly valid, first of all because Sony was able to do it, and second of all because Samsung needs a change like this one.