A Galaxy S9 Active never came, are you sad that Samsung may have killed its rugged line?

A Galaxy S9 Active never came, are you sad that Samsung may have killed its rugged line?
There is only one thing better than a Galaxy S-line phone, and it is its Active version. Top among the reasons is the fact that those usually ship with much larger batteries than the originals, righting the main wrong with Samsung's otherwise excellent flagships.

It seems that the Galaxy S9 Active is the exception, though, on account of the simple fact that it never materialized. We had codes like SM-G893 bandied about, hinting at a true Galaxy S8 Active successor, as that one carries the model number SM-G892, but in the end, we came up short.

So, if you hoped for a non-fragile S9, with a 5.8" QHD+ display, 4GB RAM/64 GB storage configuration, a Snapdragon 845 chipset, and a 4000 mAh battery, you may have been in for a huge disappointment. How huge?

Well, you tell us, as, right after Thanksgiving, we can be fairly certain that Samsung may have upped the water-tight certification of its flagships in 2018, but in the process, it may also have finally killed their Active versions for good. Did you like the Active line, or do you think there's no need for it anymore?

A Galaxy S9 Active never came, are you sad that Samsung killed its rugged line?

Not really
38%
Yes, loved the Active models!
62%

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
Galaxy S8 Active
  • 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 4000 mAh(32h talk time)

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22 Comments

1. Sealblaighter

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

A rugged smartphone is always a good idea, if a phone is shock resistant too is even better. For example LG's V series are on the wrong path. Those are not shoch resistant, as the V10, and V20 was. It uses glass, instead of something better. Let's be fair, everyone of us can accideantally drop our phones, so a real rugged device can be useful.

15. matistight

Posts: 927; Member since: May 13, 2009

The V series were click bate. Get people hooked on the durability part of it, then they took that out in the V20. "Second screen" (which was really just one screen with a notch in the corner) trend was killed with the V30, along with killing the LCD screen (not a bad choice though.) The V30 is nothing like the V10 anymore. Remember the V10 had dual front cameras just like the Pixel 3? They went back to one on the front with the V20 and V30

20. Sealblaighter

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Well yes, sadly the V30 is nothing like the original, nor the V40.

2. Valdomero

Posts: 653; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Some people argue having a rugged phone is an ugly phone, having a broken glass on flashy phone is uglier.

3. cncrim

Posts: 1571; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

There is no money

4. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

I liked it, but it was way too expensive.

5. libra89

Posts: 2251; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Personally, no. However, the appeal of having all of that power and also having great battery life is a very nice combo. I'm sure that will be missed by someone.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I am not to sad over it but, i know people that are

7. buccob

Posts: 2951; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Both my mom and dad got the S7 Active after having other phones break due to falling... and they are in love with them....

8. buccob

Posts: 2951; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Both my mom and dad got the S7 Active after having other phones break due to falling... and they are in love with them....

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

To be frank, I never cared about The Active line-up. Perhaps that's because I'm not clumsy? You won't believe me but... The glasses I'm wearing right now are 10 years old and only once did I break its lens, about 4 years ago! Oh well, G'Day!

10. JCASS889

Posts: 462; Member since: May 18, 2018

Sorry we are not all perfect like you OH well, G'Day!

16. matistight

Posts: 927; Member since: May 13, 2009

How do we make you perfect then? Force you to buy a half year old overpriced phone with a case built on it!

22. JCASS889

Posts: 462; Member since: May 18, 2018

i buy a phone when the cpu comes out, i bought the s9+ for 750 in march when the 845 was new, yet phones coming out 10 months later with the exact same cpu are 1000$+. basically any phone that came out after the s9+ is already "old"

14. middlehead

Posts: 446; Member since: May 12, 2014

I didn't care about the ruggedization, I wanted it because I expected they'd do the same as the S8 Active and re-flatten the screen. I refuse to buy a curved screen phone.

11. Vokilam

Posts: 1087; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Yes it’s the only way to get a Samsung flagship without stupid edges.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They should've released them globally. I want an active phone.

17. matistight

Posts: 927; Member since: May 13, 2009

They've tried but probably didn't do as well as they planned. S4 Active-i9295, US was i537 S5, S6, and S7 Active was US only I guess, G870A, G890A, and then G891A S8 Active comes in G892U and G892A (US version.) So maybe the S8 Active didn't do so good so they said screw it. I mean look as the Mini's. They did it for the S3, S4 and S5, but the S6 was the Alpha? S7 and S8 mini were killed I guess. They make many different phones, so it's hard to imagine that Samsung wants to launch these phones when they have so many other ones.

13. aspade

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

I don't understand why the Active phones weren't the default, everyone that doesn't spend their day indoors over carpet has to keep their slim glass phone in an ugly plastic case anyway. They're also the only high end phones (at least from a brand that you ever heard of) with anything like decent battery life. If Verizon had carried this line I'd be on my third one by now.

18. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1219; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Its always good to have options...

19. almostdone

Posts: 423; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

With all new Galaxy S phones having water & dust proofing the active series was always heading to an end. You can simply slap on a rugged case on the S series and you more or less have the same phone. The only thing missing was the higher capacity batteries. When are we truly going to get the next gen of battery tech: solid state batteries.

21. AndyYan

Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Fact that the Active line is almost always exclusive to AT&T sucks. Global availability, especially an Exynos variant, would please more.

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