The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be unveiled on August 23 at an event in New York City. In the meantime, though, fans of Samsung phones can feast their eyes on the all-new Galaxy S8 Active, a more ruggedized version of the released earlier this year.
To say the official announcement of the S8 Active was expected would be an understatement. In addition to beingin the past few weeks, the Active-branded spinoff of Samsung’s mainstream flagship offering has been a mainstay for the past several years (see the previous , , and Active phones).
As with those past Active models, the S8 Active largely has the identical features of its baseline model — 5.8-inch AMOLED screen, the Bixby personal assistant and a single 12-megapixel rear camera — but is housed in a more rugged metal body that’s compliant with the MIL-STD-810G specification for water, dust and shock resistance. It also features a more capacious 4,000 mAh battery, compared with the standard S8’s 3,000 mAh version. (Exact dimensions and weight aren’t yet available.)
To that end, we’ll be keen to test the S8 Active’s water resistance. Initially, a small batch of S7 Active modelswhen Consumer Reports (and later CNET) plunged them underwater. The company later , which our .
The S8 Active, available in meteor gray or titanium gold, will be available exclusively in the US through AT&T (at least initially) starting on August 11, with preorders available as of August 8. It’s available for 30 monthly installments of $28.34, or about $850. Additional deals related to the S8 Active — including bundles with the standard S8 and discounts on Samsung TVs — are available at AT&T’s website.