Galaxy S8 Active rumor review: differences vs Galaxy S8, specs and release date

For about 4 years now, Samsung has followed up its “regular” Galaxy S flagships with a special rugged edition of the phone under the Galaxy S Active moniker. The trend started with the Galaxy S4 Active and rumors, leaks, and reports show that there will be a Galaxy S8 Active to carry the tradition. But what’s it going to be like?



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.

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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.

But what about that curved display? Leaks state that the S8 Active will not have the arched Infinity Display, opting for a flat screen instead. Funnily enough, that makes it the only S8 flagship to not have an 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?

For most of the phone’s insides, we expect the same deal as with the Galaxy S8 — a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of expandable storage, and the same outstanding camera. However, whispers have hinted — and it would make sense — that the battery would be bigger than the cell in the Galaxy S8 or even the S8+.

For the past couple of years, it has been established that the Actives would have a bigger battery to complement their “outdoorsy niche” appeal — an extra 1000 mAh on top to guarantee longer trips away from outlets. Samsung did have a battery scare with the Note 7 and decided not to deck out the cells in its latest flagships, but we do expect that the S8 Active would come with something to the tune of 4,000 mAh.

Phone modelGalaxy S6S6 ActiveGalaxy S7S7 ActiveGalaxy S8S8 Active
Battery capacity2,550 mAh3,500 mAh3,000 mAh4,000 mAh3,000 mAh4,000 mAh?

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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?

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)



1. Sealblaighter

Posts: 430; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Stupid decision being USA exclusive again!

3. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Yes I do not understand why Samsung only launching in US, maybe because The contract with (AT&T), She must terminate the contract !

2. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

I wish Samsung launch "Active" in Other regions of the world it is required flagship with this manufacturer

4. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

This phone is the sole reason I want to switch to AT&T.

5. NoAllegiance unregistered

None of this matters because, it is still US bound, and an AT&T exclusive on top of it. Same with Droid Force, is having a carrier exclusive more profitable than having it being unlocked on all networks?

10. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Yes actually....with it being unlocked on all networks Samsung has to consider producing more which may or may not sell. you can argue that people who want a flat screened S8 with better battery life and enhanced durability will go for it, but you cant ensure each one will sell. Whereas as a carrier exclusive Samsung can finely control the number produced and what's more AT&T pays some part of the production cost so Samsung pretty much loses nothing and AT&T has a reason to make you turn to them.

6. zr2s10

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

It's one reason I went back to AT&T from Verizon, along with better reception at home. That said, I don't know that I'd buy another Samsung. Getting tired of all the bloatware, and unacceptable lag after a year or less. I still play with my S5A, but it's impossible to use as a daily driver, no matter what I try to change on it. When I can't answer or make a call reliably, it's time to go. Since more and more phones are water resistant, I'm betting that sales on these will drop off more and more...

8. Karusai

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 02, 2016

They aren't only Water Resistant, but Dust resistant, shock resistant (falling), Fire Resistant, and even Radiation and EMP proof. Active users are like iFan Boy's.... we won't switch. If they stop making the Active, we go to HTC, or maybe Motorola. Samsung stole me from Motorola with the Active. If you are having problems with Bloatware and sluggishness, you need me. My devices run fast. They aren't like Car's which wear out from wear and tear on moving parts. Your phone, no matter what (unless the hardware is damaged or has bad software) should run the same on year 7 as it did on day 1. If it doesn't, let me help you make it.

7. Karusai

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 02, 2016

#1) The Active will fail with the missing "Hard Buttons". Active Users need Hard Buttons. #2.) It will not have a "Plastic Screen". Were ANY of the Active screens "Plastic"!? Umm, no. They have a Polycarbonate layer on top of the Corning Gorilla Glass 3/4/5 depending on the model year. #3.) It is Exclusive to AT&T because AT&T users asked for it. No one expected it to take off as it has, except me. I have had every Active Variant except the S4 Active. #4.) If you people start screaming that you want an Active, it will happen. When it does, I will be happy because #5.) Currently Samsung does not have a VR Headset for the Active models, which all of us Active Users want. We pay $100 more for this Variant. We have the money for VR Headset's, and we desire such technology so MAKE IT! #6.) All Actives since the S5 have had a 4000mAh battery. The Note 7 had a 4000mAh battery, which exploded. Hmmm..... Doesn't really make sense to me. However, the S8 Active WILL also have a 4000mAh battery, if not larger (.7 inches diagonally allows for far more battery power).

9. Rocket

Posts: 697; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Note 7 hadba 4000 mah battery? didn't know that, i thought was 3500 ;)

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