Samsung’s rugged Galaxy S8 Active gets unveiled

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

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.

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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.

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