Samsung’s Rugged Galaxy S8 Active Available Starting August 8th

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After what seems like endless leaks, Samsung and AT&T have officially confirmed the Galaxy S8 Active along with its availability. The Galaxy S8 Active is being billed as the “toughest Galaxy Smartphone yet”, although we’ll wait for independent verification of those claims given what happened last year with the Galaxy S7 Active.

Samsung says that the Galaxy S8 Active is shock-, water-, shatter- and dust-resistant, and according to previous leaks, it should have longer battery life compared to its siblings. The Galaxy S8 also has a massive 4,000 mAh battery compared to 3,000 mAh and 3,500 mAh respectively for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, which should make for some epic runtimes.

Thanks to its metal frame and bumpers that help absorb the impact from drops, the Galaxy S8 Active is thicker, wider and taller than its Galaxy S8 counterpart. It’s also heavier, coming in at 7.3 ounces compared to 5.47 ounces for the Galaxy S8. Given how razor-thin flagship smartphones have become these days, the added bulk of the Galaxy S8 Active might actually be a plus to some customers (not to mention the longer battery life afforded by the design).

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When it comes to the rest of the Galaxy S8 Active’s specs, there aren’t any surprises. It still features a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2960x1440, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage space, 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing selfie camera. There’s also a dedicated Bixby button, which has caused some consternation in the Galaxy S8 community.

“Our new Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is designed with tested durability and strength to address the needs of consumers who need a more rugged device for their lifestyle,” said Tim Baxter, President and CEO, Samsung Electronics North America. “We are thrilled to introduce the fifth-generation Galaxy Active, which offers the best of Galaxy features in a tougher package.”

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, which will be available in Meteor Gray or Titanium Gold, will be available to order beginning August 8th as an AT&T exclusive. You’ll be able to purchase it via AT&T Next for $28.34 per month for 30 months.