Samsung's ultra-durable Galaxy S8 Active launches this week
- Author: Terrell Bush Aug 08, 2017,
Aug 08, 2017, 0:22
The new device is called the Galaxy S8 Active and will be sold on AT&T in the United States beginning Friday. The device will also have a flat display instead of Samsung's flagship signature dual-edge curved display.
Samsung has finally taken the wraps off its long-rumoured Galaxy S8 Active, announcing pre-orders will go live in the USA as of Tuesday. The Galaxy S8 Active will become widely available through other carriers (and maybe even in an unlocked variety) at a later date.
In addition to its rugged exterior, the Galaxy S8 Active also comes with a much larger 4,000mAh battery underneath the hood.
Samsung said the Galaxy S8 Active "passed military specification testing against a subset of 21 specific environmental conditions, including temperature, dust, shock/vibration, and low pressure/high altitude".
The S8 Active is powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset, and there's 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, 12MP f/1.7 rear camera, and an 8MP front shooter.
Also making the phone more durable is a shatter-resistant screen and a back with a rugged, tough texture for a secure grip. While that likely means other USA carriers will get the phone soon, that would be a first for the Active range. Available in "meteor gray" or "titanium gold", it will cost you US$28.34 a month for 30 months with AT&T Next, or $849.99 at full retail price.
The images suggest the screen of the device will be 6.3-inches across but will appear to be the same size as the S8 thanks to a lack of bezels.
The release of phones by two major brands on the same day would be a rare occurrence.
The firm will be hoping that the new device will help to restore consumer confidence in their products.
Another reason why you might pick this over another Galaxy phone is the battery.