The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has made an appearance on Geekbench, giving us our first look at the specs and features of Samsung's latest smartphone.
Samsung S8 Active Specs
According to the Geekbench scorecard, the device looks like it will feature the same specs as the Galaxy S8. This means we'll be seeing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded via SD cards. One area in which the S8 Active does improve over the other S8 models is the battery. The S8 Active's 4,000mAH battery will be larger than both the S8's 3,000mAH battery and the S8 Plus' 3,500mAH battery.
Like the S8, the Active will feature a 5.8-inch Infinity Edge display though the design will be a bit different. Since the S8 Active is designed to be more durable and a bit more rugged in appearance, the upcoming model will not feature a curved display. Instead, as was originally seen on the Wireless Power Consortium's website, it will feature a flat screen which should make the device a bit more durable as curved displays are more easy to damage.
The S8 Active Is Built To Last
Aside from those with a preference for a flat screen or larger battery, the S8 Active's main target demographic will be users who are concerned with durability. The Samsung Active line has always been built according to U.S. military standards so the latest model should be able to survive random drops and falls that tend to damage other smartphones. This means that the S8 Active could probably get by without a case which is something we can't say about the S8 and S8 Plus.
One thing to bear in mind is that reports suggest that the S8 Active, unlike the other S8 phones, will be available exclusively through AT&T. Generally speaking, we're not fans of carrier exclusivity for several reasons; however, given that this is meant to be a bit of a niche product, it may not be as big of a deal this time around.
S8 Active Price And Release Date
Samsung has not yet announced the release date for the S8 Active, but we expect an announcement fairly soon given past trends. Previous versions of the phone have been announced in June so Samsung will likely stick with that schedule.
In terms of pricing, the S7 Active was $100 more than the standard S7 model which would put the S8 Active in line with the S8 Plus in terms of cost. If so, users will be trading a smaller screen for durability and a slightly larger battery.
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