Samsung today announced the Galaxy S8 Active, a device that launched exclusively on AT&T, is expanding to two other US carriers: T-Mobile and Sprint. For those unfamiliar, Samsung’s Galaxy Active line has a history of being exclusive to AT&T. Now, the company is breaking this tradition and gifting those on the Uncarrier or Sprint’s network the privilege of spending some cash on the S8 Active.
What makes the S8 Active different from its S8 brother is the build. The S8 Active features a military-grade shock, shatter, water, and dust resistant build made out of materials that just look heavy duty. 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.
At AT&T, the S8 Active costs $850 so expect similar pricing at T-Mobile and Sprint. The device lands on the two networks this month.