Samsung Galaxy S8 Active release date and rumors.
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Do you really need a high-end phone that won’t break at the first sign of a light storm? Then the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active could be the one.
This alternative to the flagship Samsung Galaxy S8 is thought to be launching soon, and rumors suggest it’s every bit as high-end as the normal S8, but a whole lot tougher.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active release date and price
There’s no word yet on when the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will launch, but it’s been extensively leaked, including a mention on one of Samsung’s own websites, and looks like it’s probably more or less complete, suggesting we could see it soon, especially since it’s been over a year since the June 2016 launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active.
Leaks suggest that the Galaxy S8 Active could be an AT&T exclusive.
One thing we can be quite confident of is that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will be expensive. The S7 Active was a pricey phone at $800 (around £610/AU$1,005), and rumors suggest the S8 Active will be just as high-end as the $725/£689/AU$1,200 Samsung Galaxy S8.
We’d expect to see the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active within the next few months, but we’re not convinced it will launch outside the US.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active screen
Leaked images suggest the official material of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, has a 5.8-inch 1440 x 2960 Super AMOLED screen – the same size and resolution as the Samsung Galaxy S8. It’s also apparently clad in tough Gorilla Glass 5 and is shatter-resistant.
And the Galaxy S8 Active is at least rumored to have the same super-widescreen 18.5:9 aspect ratio as the standard Samsung Galaxy S8.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active design
While the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is rumored to have specs that rival the standard Galaxy S8, it’s not going to look as good, but it should be a lot tougher. Galaxy S8 Active has a ‘durable metal design’ and comes in at 152.1 x 74.9 x 9.9mm and 208g. For comparison, the standard Galaxy S8 is 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm and 155g, so this is bigger, thicker and heavier.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is also rumored to be IP68 certified, meaning it’s dustproof and water-resistant to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.
The normal S8 matches all of that spec, but what the S8 Active apparently has that the Galaxy S8 doesn’t is MIL-STD-810G certification. That’s a US military standard that means it can survive more extreme conditions, such as very high and low temperatures, shocks and vibration.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active camera and battery
We’ve heard from two separate sources that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has a 12MP camera, with one source expanding on that and saying that it’s a dual-pixel one with an f/1.7 aperture, along with an 8MP snapper (also with an f/1.7 aperture) around the front.
The same sources also say that the Galaxy S8 Active has a 4,000mAh battery, one which apparently supports fast and wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active OS and power
There’s seemingly no change here from the standard S8, with every leak so far pointing to a Snapdragon 835 chipset (which is what the S8 uses in the US) and 4GB of RAM, along with 64GB of storage and a microSD card slot supporting cards of up to 256GB.
It is also rumored that the S8 Active will run Android 7.0 Nougat and that it packs Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC. Those specs would make it a real flagship, ready to compete with any other 2017 handset.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active other features
Leaked Images suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will have a fingerprint scanner on the back, just like the standard Galaxy S8, and it’s also likely to inherit Bixby from that phone, complete with a dedicated hardware button to launch the AI assistant.
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