History has it that when a device stops by the Wi-Fi Alliance, it won’t be long before it makes it to the public. Well, this is the case with AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, the rugged variant of the S8.
For years now, Samsung and AT&T have been collaborating on releasing an exclusive variant of the Galaxy S series phones – a variant that does away with style and beauty and instead focuses on durability. Last year we had the Galaxy S7 Active, which had just about everything that the standard S7 had, except for the design material and battery capacity. The story was the same with the previous year’s Galaxy S6 Active with respect to the standard S6.
Unlike the standard Galaxy S models that came in with a glass and metal build that is only protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass technology (the glass part) and IP68 dust and water resistance, the S Active models usually – at least for the S7 Active – go for a tougher design that includes a bulky plastic that looks like a rubberized bumper and the edges are made of metal. The phone feels like it’s already in a high-end case, but the touch is much firmer.
The design of the Galaxy S7 Edge meant that Samsung did not pick it for the changeover; instead, the compact and flat variant was the ideal choice. Now that this year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ are all curved on the edges, it will be interesting to see what Samsung has in store for AT&T fans as far as the Galaxy S8 Active is concerned.
The whole point of this chitchat is that we still don’t know what the Galaxy S8 Active will look like, but we have an idea of what it will carry under the hood. For starters, the Wi-Fi Alliance listing confirms that the phone will come with model number SM-G892A, picking up from last year’s SM-G891A. As expected, Android 7.0 Nougat will be running the show and if previous versions are anything to go by, the S8 Active will ship with the same performance specs as the standard S8, including a Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
We’ve seen past cases where the Galaxy S Active variant had a bigger battery unit. Well, we expect nothing different from this year’s Galaxy S8 Active, with a possible 4000mAh unit – similar to the S7 Active – or even bigger a possibility. The cameras will remain at 12MP on the back and 8MP on the front and all the features will also be on board.
Of course, being a rugged variant, it wouldn’t make any sense if the Galaxy S8 Active came without features such as MIL-STD-810G and IP68 certification, both of which were used on the S7 Active. It’s such a pity that this rugged phone is only exclusive to AT&T. It would indeed be a welcome idea if this tougher variant is made available on not just all American carriers, but also in other markets across the globe.
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