The Galaxy Note 8 might be the most highly anticipated new smartphone from Samsung, but the newest version of a popular Galaxy model is also about to make its debut. We’re talking of course about the Galaxy S8 Active, which is the beefier, more shock-resistant version of the gorgeous (and delicate) Galaxy S8.
Luckily for us, images of the smartphone have leaked once again, this time showing the Galaxy S8 Active in real life (instead of in renders). If you’re familiar with the current Galaxy S8 and previous “Active” variants, the pictures of the Galaxy S8 Active shouldn’t be too surprising. We see the large 5.8-inch display with largish bezels that has tossed aside Infinity Display’s curved edges for a completely flat plane.
As expected, the whole phone is ensconced in a rugged polycarbonate shell which not only adds thickness to the device, but also helps it to gain MIL-STD certification. Unlike previous Active models, this one does not retain physical buttons (i.e. Home button) and instead relies on on-screen keys (like its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ siblings).
On the hardware front, you can still expect to find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage space, microSD slot, Qi wireless charging, 12MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing selfie camera and a dedicated Bixby hardware button. Instead of the 3000 mAh battery found in the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8 brings a large 4000 mAh battery to the table. For those keeping score, that’s a 500 mAh bump compared to even the Galaxy S8+.
The extra battery capacity and ruggedized design (which is of course waterproof) means that the Galaxy S8 Active isn’t nearly as attractive as the Galaxy S8, but that’s OK. Some people would prefer a more robust phone with stellar battery life that doesn’t compromise features for the sake of making a fashion statement.
With that being said, we should expect the Galaxy S8 Active to arrive soon as an AT&T exclusive.