The Galaxy Active series lives on. A ruggedized Galaxy S8 is on its way, and according to the latest images, it should look a bit more attractive than previous versions. Expect the device to be released soon, as it just got its FCC certification. Here's everything we know about the flat screened, AT&T exclusive Samsung Galaxy S8 Active.
A couple of months ago, SamMobile reported that Samsung is working on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active under the codename Cruiser. Just as with the S7 Active, this device will be an AT&T exclusive, as evidenced by the model number ending in "A" (SM-G892A), which was confirmed by the recently surfaced Geekbench benchmark scores.
The launch of this device seems imminent, based on the fact that it just got its FCC certification. To keep the device competitive, it will probably cost around $700 - in the same ballpark as the regular S8.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active display
The display of the S8 Active is expected to be 5.4 inches, with an odd 2,008 x 1,080 resolution and 16.7:9 aspect ratio according to Geekbench. Benchmark scores don't always report accurate specs, so take that with a grain of salt. This time, the Infinity Display should be flat, but with rounded corners - think LG G6 rather than Galaxy S8 here.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active design
If the images we've seen so far are accurate, this will be the first of the Active line to get rid of the unsightly physical navigation buttons on the front. In any case, don't expect the slick beauty of the original S8. The point of these devices is to be rugged, so expect looks to match, as well as the MIL-STD-810G durability standard against salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, acceleration and heat and IP-68 certification to protect against around 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
The first image leak of the Galaxy S8 Active came from the Wireless Power Consortium and shows the front of the device. Again, no curved display here, but the rounded corners of the S8 are here to stay. The bezels appear to be a bit wider, but the phone's front is still mostly screen.
As you can see in the image above, the S8 Active is getting big bumpers around the sides to absorb shock when you drop it. Hopefully these bumpers won't make it look and feel too bulky, but instead, more like a built-in phone case. The bumpers are visible on the back of the device, as shown in this image from the FCC.
Past Galaxy Active phones have had similarly large bumpers on the sides, and have also come in more creative color schemes than their normal counterparts. It's possible that the Galaxy S8 Active may even have a camouflage color version.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active technical specs
Performance: In addition to the same Snapdragon 835 processor as the US-version of the Galaxy S8, the S8 Active is expected to be packing 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage to provide the same level of performance.
Camera: We're expecting the Galaxy S8 Active to sport the same cameras as the S8. To jog your memory, that's a 12 MP rear camera, and an 8 MP front camera.
Battery: Active variants of previous devices have had larger batteries, and since aesthetics aren't as much of a focus for these variants, it's a sure bet to have a bigger battery than the S8, and maybe even the S8+.
Software: According to the device's Geekbench scores, the S8 Active is running Android 7.0 Nougat.
Rumored Galaxy S8 Active technical specs
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 GPU
12 MP rear, 8 MP front
USB Type-C, IP-68 certification
What do you think of the S8 Active so far? What do you hope it looks like?