Galaxy S8 Active rumor review: differences vs Galaxy S8, specs and release date
Where would I buy one anyway?
First and foremost, it is established for the Active series to be exclusive to AT&T for whatever reason. Current reports indicate that the same will be true for the Galaxy S8 Active — its model number is consistently reported as being G892A, with the letter A at the end depicting the carrier it is meant for.
Looking at the past years, the Actives were usually announced within the first half of June. However, since the Galaxy S8 was delayed by almost a month this year around, it makes some sense that the S8 Active would come out in July as well. In other words, while no specific date has been officially stated, we do expect the rugged flagship to land any day now.
Design and display
So, what’s going to be different?
Obviously, if it is to keep the family tradition, the Galaxy S8 Active would be a highly durable device that looks like it has been built straight into a rugged case. Rubberized frame and back with reinforced corners are a must, and we do expect a more pronounced ring around the camera to protect it from nasty accidents.
Edge display. It is also expected that the panel on the front would not be made out of glass, but durable plastic. While the latter is much more prone to scratching, compared to Gorilla Glass 5, it is much less probable to shatter when the phone tries to embrace the pavement for a romantic scene.
Still, leaks say it will be a phablet-class 5.8-inch screen and it will still have the elongated 18:9 ratio and rather small bezels. The leaked picture we have of the handset’s face makes it out to look a bit like the LG G6 up front.
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Is the hardware the same?
Is a Galaxy S8 still a Galaxy S8?
|Phone model||Galaxy S6||S6 Active||Galaxy S7||S7 Active||Galaxy S8||S8 Active|
|Battery capacity||2,550 mAh||3,500 mAh||3,000 mAh||4,000 mAh||3,000 mAh||4,000 mAh?|
TL;DR and expectations
So, basically, what little information we have on the Galaxy S8 Active can be summed up with this — no surprises. The handset is expected to rock the same internals as its currently-existing siblings, a bigger battery, and a rugged body to wrap everything in a nice, durable bow. It seems it’s going to be an AT&T exclusive yet again, so that's going to make some people unhappy. But hey, what can you do?