Samsung has finally announced the rugged Galaxy S8 Active after numerous leaks gave away the existence of the handset. The phone will only be sold via AT&T at launch, but this exclusivity will be around for a limited period of time. That’s a new practice for the series since it usually stays tied to the carrier.
For now, you can pre-order the Galaxy S8 Active on August 8 and buy it from an AT&T store on August 11. You can opt to either pay $28.34 for 30 months or $849.99 up front. For that much, you’ll be getting most of what the Galaxy S8 offers in a more durable body.
The main aspects you’ll be losing out on are the Galaxy S8’s Infinity Display and curved sides, though the screen still measures 5.8-inch diagonally and outputs a 2560 x 1440p resolution in an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. In exchange, you’ll be getting a device that’s shatterproof, dustproof, and waterproof.
The Galaxy S8 Active is bound by a thick metal frame that features bumpers on every corner for added protection against shock, abrasion, twisting, and tilting. The back has gotten a tougher texture to ensure that it doesn’t slip out of your hand. Moreover, Bixby’s home screen displays lifestyle features like a barometer, compass and flashlight.
Specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active:
– OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
– Display: 5.8-inch Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels
– Storage: 64GB storage, expandable up to 256GB
– RAM: 4GB
– CPU: Snapdragon 835
– Battery: 4000mAh
– Camera: 12MP rear, 8MP front
– Size: 5.98 x 2.95 x 0.39-inch
– Weight: 7.34 ounces
– Connectivity: 4G LTE, Wi-Fiac, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.1, USB Type-C
Samsung’s also gone ahead and stuffed a bigger 4000mAh battery inside the Galaxy S8 Active. It can be charged wirelessly, just like the regular S8. You can buy the handset here. AT&T’s bundled it with a number of deals giving away up to $200 credits upon exchange, a free Galaxy S8, and discounts on the Gear S2, the Gear S3, and Samsung TVs.