It's fair to say that the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 has been largely well received. It represented a complete turnaround from the dissapointing Galaxy S5 reveal around 12 months earlier, wooing onlookers with a sleek, high-grade metal-and-glass body. However, some people may have been a bit miffed that the waterproofing introduced on the Galaxy S5 was sacrificed only a year later on the altar of premium design. Samsung, as it turns out, has a solution to this conundrum - the Galaxy S6 Active.
Samsung fans will likely already be familiar with the Galaxy Active series - a spin-off of the last few generations of Galaxy S flagships which sees the Korean manufacturer slapping some extra rugged features onboard, including waterproofing, together with a slight design tweak. It's marketed towards outdoorsy, sporty types, but of course the added survivability is often welcomed by other users. This is likely to prove even more favourable now that waterproofing has fallen off the main flagship branch.
The word of this revamped device comes via reliable site SamMobile and its insider sources, which adds that contrary to some earlier rumours regarding a larger 5.5in display, it will in fact have the same 5.1in display size as the regular S6. The report also adds that most other hardware features will be the same as the Galaxy S6, including the processor and RAM, 32GB of storage, and both 16MP and 5MP cameras on rear and front panlels respectively. This is all good stuff, as previous iterations of the Active brand did not always keep the same high-end specs across the board. On top of this, we're told it will have a larger battery cell rated at 3,500mAh.
To enable the waterproofing and rugged features, as well as the larger battery pack, the size of the device has expanded from the reguar Galaxy S6 even though the display size has not changed. Measurements are reported as being 146.9 x 73.6 x 8.8 mm - which is still far from being any kind of chunky monkey.
What remains unclear is how the exterior design might change and when it will arrive; there's no word on a release date just yet. Samsung's earlier Active models featured sporty design with bright colours and chunky, angular plastic bodywork, which is pretty far removed from the regular Galaxy S6's elegant metallic aesthetic. We've become used to hearing from phone manufacturers that it is difficult to merge waterproofing features with thin, metal bodywork, so we're potentially going to see something very diffrent from the flagship model. The previous Galaxy Active models also had more robust physical controls to allow easier use in wet and underwater conditions.