Samsung has officially announced the long rumored Galaxy S8 Active smartphone today in the U.S. It is the rugged version of the Galaxy S8 launched in the first half of this year. While the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are water and dust resistant, the new Galaxy S8 Active additionally comes with a shatter proof body. It comes with the metal design built using the military-grade materials. There is a bumper around the frame that helps the device in absorbing shock. Apart from the rugged design, the device also packs a bigger 4,000mAh non-removable battery.
The Bixby AI and Google Assistant are included in the Samsung Experience version based on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Compared to the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8 Active sports a slightly bigger 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display offering Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) resolution. However, the Galaxy S8 Active lacks dual curved edges as seen on the regular Galaxy S8 devices. The display also comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the top. Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor clocked at 2.35GHz and comes coupled with Adreno 540 GPU.
It includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that can be further expandable up to 256GB via a MicroSD card slot. On the rear is a 12MP dual pixel camera on the rear with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and dual tone LED flash. For selfies, there is an 8MP front facing camera with f/1.7 aperture and 80-degree wide-angle lens. The fingerprint sensor along with heart rate sensor can be found on the rear of the device. The pre-orders for the device start tomorrow and the in-store sales begin from August 11th for $28.34 per month for 30 months.
The Galaxy S8 Active will be available in Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold. It also got a bigger 4,000mAh battery that should easily give more than a day long usage. The device also passed MIL-STD-810G testing against a subset of 21 environmental conditions including temperature, dust, shock/vibration, and low pressure/high altitude. The device availability will be limited to the U.S market.