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Samsung confirms the Galaxy S7 Active

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Samsung confirms the Galaxy S7 Active
Though Samsung finally unleashed its Galaxy S7 duo at Mobile World Congress last month, the annual story of the company's flagship tends to spawn many subsequent chapters. The Galaxy S5 of two years ago had several spin-offs, including the S5 miniSportPlus and Active. With last year's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, Sammy calmed things down and stuck with two additional variants. Along with the Galaxy S6 edge+, which hit the market in late 2015, the company also rolled out the Galaxy S6 Active, a ruggedized edition that now looks set for another sequel. 

It was last week that serial leakster Evan Blass spotted traces of the Galaxy S7 Active on Zauba, and now Samsung seems to have -- perhaps inadvertently -- confirmed the device's existence. As noticed by SamMobile, the latest edition of the Samsung Level app (below right) lists the unannounced Galaxy S7 Active in its changelog. Though there's still no word on specific features or release info, it's now safe to say that the Galaxy S7 Active is in the works. 

Samsung confirms the Galaxy S7 Active
Set to roll with the model number SM-G891A, the S7 Active will likely add military-grade protection (MIL-STD-810G) to the handset, as was the case with the S6 Active. The current models are already dust and waterproof, so offer basic protection against minor, everyday elements. The military certification would take things a step further, boasting protection from altitude pressures, humidity, salt, vibration shock and other such niceties. Effectively, the S7 Active will 
be considerably better equipped for much harsher terrain. 

Given that there's been no announcement as yet, we cannot be definitely sure of the S7 Active's features. But if last year's model is anything to go by, the toughened edition will match the specs of the standard S7 models and may, if Samsung is feeling generous, include a larger battery once more.

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posted on 28 Mar 2016, 08:11 5

1. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1493; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


I'm interested about the Battery capacity. Any news on that?

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 09:02 5

7. QWERTYphone (Posts: 651; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


So stupid. EVERY S7 should be damage resistant. My S7 Edge shattered when dropped from only TWO FEET. That's why I returned it for a LG G5. After owning EVERY Samsung smartphone ever released, Samsung can kiss my @$$.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 09:26 5

8. uzimafioso (Posts: 206; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


You should have saved some cash and gone for a Droid Turbo 2 :p

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 11:31 2

23. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 509; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


They should make a Note active series. That would be awesome!

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 09:38 1

11. GreatBigPhoney (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Not that I disagree, but it is basically two pieces of glass sandwiched together with a metal frame. It is no surprise at all that it breaks easily. Unfortunately, this is the trade off for the "premium design" Samsung was finally pushed into. I always wondered why they couldn't do metal on the back, though.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 09:48 7

12. tedkord (Posts: 10263; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Glass breaks, metal debts and scratches. Neither is especially "premium" IMO.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 15:37

28. vincelongman (Posts: 4106; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I hope one day we will have phones made of metallic glass (e.g. Liquidmetal)

Harder, higher strength and strength/weight than titanium alloys (less prone to dents and scratches)
Like metal, doesn't shatter or crack, unlike glass or ceramic

They've been used for Vertu phones, and Apple's SIM ejector

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 10:48 3

18. xfire99 (Posts: 792; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Wireless charging dont works well with metal back or aluminum back. Thats why Samsung chosed glass back.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 11:21

22. bubbadoes (Posts: 815; Member since: 03 May 2012)


another person finallly gets it. samsung is good at flooding the market with everything from a to z. look at everything from freezers. washers. dryers. tvs. frigs. kias. toasters. etc. etc. and nothing has a resale value worthy of mentioning

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 12:24 2

25. Clars123 (Posts: 600; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


oh please..you have better luck convincing me Mxy got an S7 edge than you getting one

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 13:12 2

27. nexusisbest5 (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Mar 2016)


You are clearly trolling

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 16:02

29. xondk (Posts: 1205; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


They are, several droptests prove they are quite resistant? course there are also fakes out there, but other droptests prove they are quite resistant, against such issues, similar to other phones, it comes down to 'how' damage resistant and what it hits on, hitting a corner stone or such with a specific part of the phone will impart a lot more damage, so yeah....bad luck it still a factor.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 16:08

30. DmitrLP (Posts: 241; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


So they should make a clumsy proof one? lol

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 16:12 2

31. DmitrLP (Posts: 241; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


So you shattered your imaginary S7, that must be sad.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 00:40 1

32. QWERTYphone (Posts: 651; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


I've droppped my S1, S2, S3, S4, and S5 all on a regular basis and never damaged ONE of them. The S6 and newer phones are all fragile junk trying to clone the crap from crAppple.
Now, who's the blatant troll who can't think for themselves ????

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 06:51

33. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1493; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


You said that S5 will be your last Samsung phone.You said no removable battery= fail. You said that you are going to go with the G5

After all that I can confirm that your GS7 is Virtual. Furthermore they aren't advertised as undestructible or anyhing.

posted on 31 Mar 2016, 21:01

36. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3716; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Tell us all about your damage resistant LG G5.

Were all know you're a liar & never bought a S7 Edge in the first place. Get off your stupid agenda.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 08:12 9

2. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1126; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Looking forward to this one, hopefully not AT&T exclusive.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 08:59 3

6. tedkord (Posts: 10263; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The model number listed ended with an A, so it's exclusive to them.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 10:15 1

16. Hashed (unregistered)


I can't understand why did they make the S6 active exclusive, don't they want more units get sold? I think that was a stupid move from Samsung,, and it seems they are still going along with it. Maybe they deserve to see some decline in sales.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 06:53

34. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1493; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Its like Motorola's Droid Turbo which is exclusive to Verizon.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 08:42 3

3. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 196; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


Now they just have to hurry up and confirm the Galaxy S7 Mini so I can decide what to buy!

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 08:45 5

4. Landon (Posts: 399; Member since: 07 May 2015)


1. Add a fingerprint scanner for Samsung Pay (use different technology that works with water)
2. Make this available on every network
3. Include a massive battery like the S6 Active

If you include all of these things, it will be the best phone on the market.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 08:48 1

5. maxha97 (Posts: 91; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


I think second one is impossible.....

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 09:32

10. Landon (Posts: 399; Member since: 07 May 2015)


I doubt the first one will happen either but one can dream, right? :D

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 10:25

17. Ruturaj (Posts: 1281; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


1. Add a fingerprint scanner for Samsung Pay (use different technology that works with water)

I don't think you would be paying somewhere under water.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 11:00

19. Landon (Posts: 399; Member since: 07 May 2015)


Haha true but I believe why they didn't include one on the S5 Active and S6 Active is because it doesn't work with water (when unlocking your phone). The only way I'd use Samsung Pay is through fingerprint identification.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 09:27 2

9. AZNHA (unregistered)


SM-G891A .. so AT&T exclusive

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 09:50

13. jonathonpower7 (Posts: 45; Member since: 09 Mar 2016)


The only feature that could make me more interested in the S7 Active is a sapphire protected screen

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 09:54 1

14. Ruturaj (Posts: 1281; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Wish they make active note as well.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 09:59

15. emmawilliam834 (Posts: 151; Member since: 09 Feb 2016)


active you are welcome. A larger battery and perhaps a killer flash(light)!

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 11:00

20. MedLEB (Posts: 72; Member since: 23 Jul 2015)


It seems that It would be the best phone, but "No international version" = "No Buy for me".

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 11:06

21. c.hack (Posts: 603; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Memory is still crippled - not allowing more than 32GB for apps is a joke in 2016. They intentionally broke android adoptable storage. And adding a glass back is just plain stupid.

I guess its time to wait for the S8 and see if they can get it right for once.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 11:48

24. niteiknight (Posts: 36; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)


Carrier exclusivity is so stupid. I don't really care what deals Samsung has with AT&T regarding this, the fact that AT&T is the only place where you can get the Active in the US is just asinine. Cool, unlocked it'll work on T-Mobile, but no VoLTE or WiFi Calling. And forget about using it on Verizon or Sprint. Way to go Samsung. Bending over for US carriers since 2010!

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 12:31 2

26. PhoneCritic (Posts: 669; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Many here have to realized that AT&T commission ( paid ) Samsung to make a military grade version of their flagship which they promote as their Active line. If Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint want a military grade version of the Galaxy line all they have to do is commission Samsung to make a them one as well. It would not be promoted as "The Active" for the other carriers but whatever each carrier deems respective to promote it under.
So the complaints should not be directed at Samsung but to the carries that do not offer a military grade Galaxy line.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 09:49

35. davidsmith (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 Mar 2016)


Samsung can u please add notification shade buttons to quickly access ANZ button and battery percentage. This would make the product even better.

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