The Active lineup from Samsung is known for being one of those phone lineups that can survive a drop without sweating out your pocket. The rugged devices are meant to be used by people who work in situations where their devices can get mishandled, and having a device that can withstand abuses offers a peace of mind that is worth trading against the looks of the device. Previous devices in the Active lineup could retain some semblance to their S-series siblings because of how Samsung styled the main S-lineup in recent years. But with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ taking on an entirely new minimal bezel and curved screen approach, we were curious to see how the Active device would shape up. And now we have our first set of live images of what is allegedly the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active.
These images come to us courtesy of a thread in the Galaxy S8 subreddit, but the thread with its accompanying videos have been removed to bring down any chances of identification. But since it had been made available online, mirrors for the images have popped up, because of course.
A few more images from the video are also made available, which showcase the device from different angles.
As can be seen, the Galaxy S8 Active allegedly sports a flat display panel, understandably ditching the curved sides in favor of a more rugged build. Unlike its predecessors, the S8 Active sports capacitive keys instead of physical buttons for navigation. The Bixby button is also carried over from the S8 line. The SIM card holder also doubles up as the microSD card holder on the back side. The device is also said to be made of polycarbonate and sports metallic sides, all of which incite a lot of confidence while handling the device; a stark contrast to the fragility of its S8 siblings.
The S8 Active is said to be thicker than the S8 and S8+, thanks in part to its larger 4000mAh battery. For the rest of its specifications, we can expect the device to be mostly based off the Galaxy S8. The S8 Active is rumored to be an AT&T exclusive, but the device bears no mention of carrier branding on the hardware in these images.
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