Samsung today made the Galaxy S8 Active official after several leaks resulted in the device coming as no surprise. The handset is basically a more rugged version of the standard S8 with some upgrades and downgrades in store.
Specifically, in terms of upgrades, the body of the S8 Active is much more rugged than the all-glass Galaxy S8 as it includes military-grade shock, shatter, water, and dust resistance. It can handle 5-foot drops likely better than any phone on the market, while its screen is all but guaranteed never to crack. You can also submerge the device in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes and it’ll survive.
As for specs, there’s still a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 12MP camera, Android Nougat, and a 5.8-inch Infinity Display onboard. Regarding that last spec, Samsung has removed the curves from the screen for the S8 Active in favor of a flatter form factor for added protection. Luckily, to compensate, the company includes a massive 4,000mAh battery that dwarfs both the S8 and S8+’s 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh cells, respectively.
The S8 Active will be exclusive to AT&T, although it’s unclear for how long as Samsung only says “for a limited time.” It’ll cost $850 ($100 more than the standard S8) and will be available for pre-order tomorrow in either Meteor Gray or Titanium Gold. The device will formally go on sale this Friday, August 11th.