Samsung Galaxy S8 Active launches tomorrow, exclusively at AT&T
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active launches tomorrow and will be exclusively available via AT&T with prices starting at $28.34 a month. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will be available in the following colors: Meteor Gray or Titanium Gold.
Specs wise, you’re looking at “the same Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage as the original,” notes 9to5Google, “as well as that excellent 5.8-inch SuperAMOLED display found on the standard S8. Where the Active differs is in its design. While the display is the same size, resolution, and ratio, it’s no longer curved, and has slightly thicker bezels too.”
It seems that despite both the current and last generation of Samsung Galaxy flagships being waterproof, Samsung still doesn't want to let go of the "Active" sub-brand of durable and weatherproof phones.
Details have leaked online of the Galaxy S8 Active with the codename Cruiser and the model number SM-G892A. Now, however, Netflix appears to have outed the fact that this particular model number supports HD streaming by referencing it in a support document.
And now we've got a set of leaked live photos of the handset, giving our best view of it to date. It showed up on multiple Reddit posts, in a video on YouTube (below), and via Android Central's forums. We get a good look at the front and back of the device and, unsurprisingly, it's very similar to the regular Galaxy S8 aesthetic, although it has that polycarbonate build and is noticeably chunkier; 1.5x thicker, in fact.
There are images showing the sides of the phone too, the Active button is gone but we do get the Bixby key, although as we know that's only going to be for Bixby and Samsung will do its best to make sure people can't re-assign it.
Past Galaxy Active devices have emphasised underwater photography, but allegedly this model will not feature a dedicated underwater camera mode.
We knew it was coming, but we’ve now got our first proper look at the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, thanks to Captain Leaks himself, Evan Blass.
As per usual, the press image shows the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active from the side. You can see the chinkier design of the handset, as well as the 18:9 aspect ratio, though, bizarrely, it actually looks more like the LG G6 than the Galaxy S8.
The handset will likely feature exactly the same specs as the Galaxy S8; this phone is basically just a more robust version of the Galaxy S8, not a rehash or a reboot.
The Galaxy S8 Active will be available through AT&T in the USA, though it’s unclear what Samsung’s plans are for the UK and Europe. Obviously we’ll know more once the handset officially launches.
The Galaxy S8 Active has now been spotted on an official Samsung website. Twitter tipster Roland Quandt pointed to the appearance online, with the name appearing at the head of a list of compatible applications inside an official PDF guide document.
We know the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are already IP68 certified for water resistance up to 1.5m and for 30 minutes, just like the Galaxy S7 series.
With the Galaxy S7 Active, Samsung added physical control keys to allow input when the phone is wet (touchscreens act oddly when moist) and extra durabilty certification in the form of military grade MIL-STD-810G.
The same could be true of the Galaxy S8 Active, as well as the camo paint job, but that's pure speculation. It might be a good thing to have a more rugged model though considering some are complaining the Galaxy S8's corners are particularly susceptible to damage when dropped.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has now received its Wi-Fi certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA). The certification just reiterates that the Galaxy S8 Active is happening and, given these things usually happen closer towards the release date (along with Bluetooth, FCC approval and so on), suggests the phone will land soon.
It doesn't give any other details about the device, other than what we already knew about the model number SM-G892A, and that it has Android Nougat onboard.
Do we ACTUALLY really need an Active version of the Galaxy S8? I mean, the Galaxy S8 is water and dust proof, so that kind of rules out damaging it from doing active things like dropping it in a pool or the sea?
I guess they could make it more durable, but that’s hardly a selling-point or something you could market the handset with, as it implies the current model is, well… a bit flimsy.
I know Samsung loves nothing more than making as much money as possible, but I just cannot see where this phone fits in. It will be super pricy, offer little in the way of “additional” protections, unless it’s made from carbon fibre or something, and this makes me think it’s nothing more than a cash-grab.
The Galaxy S8 Active has now rocked up in the Geekbench benchmarking database. The SM-G892A scored 1842 in single-core testing, and 6394 in multi-core. Unsurprisingly the device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor to deliver this kind of performance, while Android 7.0 Nougat is also onboard.
Also unsurprisingly this means it's in a similar ballpark in terms of testing results to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, as well as other rivals such as the HTC U11.
The Galaxy S8 Active has shown up in another benchmark database, this time GFXBench. As well as reaffirming the Snapdragon 835 processor, Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of onboard storage, the listing shows a 5.4in display with a 2004x1080 pixel resolution.