It has become a norm of sorts now for Samsung to release a rugged version of its flagship smartphone from the Galaxy S series a few months after the ‘original’ handset goes on sale. These handsets bearing the “Active” moniker has been exclusive to AT&T in the U.S since inception. A few months into the launch of the new S8 series from Samsung, we now have incriminating evidence that point towards Samsung prepping its new Galaxy S8 based “Active” smartphones for launch soon. In fact, a few details of the Galaxy S8 Active were leaked back in April when the model number for the device was listed on a website that confirmed that it had received MIL-STD-810G standard compliance for drop and fall protection.
Just two months down the line, a new Samsung smartphone with the model number SM-G892A has appeared on benchmarking website Geekbench. Since the Galaxy S8 Active uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset (MSM 8998) as the ‘original’ S8, the benchmark scores are identical as well with this model scoring 1842 points on the single core test and 6394 points on the multi core test. The phone also runs Android 7.0 Nougat at launch.
While we still do not know what the S8 Active looks like, we would not be surprised to see the device sporting funkier colours and a thicker body. As for the spec sheet, we expect the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active to retain most of the top-of-the-line specs that it’s ‘normal’ cousins come loaded with. These include the large 5.8-inch display with 1440 x 2960 resolution, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage with a memory card slot, and a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with autofocus.
We still do not have any information as to when AT&T and Samsung plan to release the S8 Active. That said, if and when the handset arrives, would you be interested in getting one?