Samsung Galaxy S6 active is announced, rugged high-end Android phone available only at AT&T

Well, it wasn't exactly the best-kept secret in recent history, but this doesn't make it any less awesome of a smartphone. AT&T has finally confirmed the existence of the Samsung Galaxy S6 active, which, as expected, is a rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S6. And it is going to be available exclusively via AT&T at a premium price, but more on that later.

How tough is it, you ask? Well, the Samsung Galaxy S6 active is designed to meet military standards for drops onto hard surfaces. Also, it is protected against dust ingress and can withstand a dunk in water at up to 1.5 meters for half an hour, as indicated by its IP68 rating. This should be enough for the S6 active to endure more torture that a typical phone should be subjected to in its lifetime. Plus, the physical buttons below the screen are well raised to make them easily operable even while wearing gloves. 

Specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S6 active is loaded to the brim with top-notch hardware. On its front we find a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with Quad HD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels), which is most likely identical to the one on the Galaxy S6. This leads us to believe that the Galaxy S6 active will deliver excellent details, faithful color reproduction, and outstanding outdoor visibility.

It gets even better when you take a look under the phone's hood. The Samsung Galaxy S6 active comes with an octa-core 64-bit processor, most likely the Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420, which is a great performer. The built-in storage space stands at 32GB, however, and there don't seem to be 64- or 128-gigabyte versions of the handset. A microSD card slot isn't available, in case you're wondering. 

In the camera department, the Samsung Galaxy S6 active shines with a 16MP main camera, presumably the same great shooter found on the Galaxy S6. If that's the case, you can rest assured that Samsung's rugged handset will snap excellent photos. Similar results are expected from the S6 active's 5MP front-facing camera with wide-angle optics.

While the hardware specs of the Galaxy S6 active are mostly identical to those of the Galaxy S6, there's one key factor that sets them apart – battery capacity. Inside the Galaxy S6 active is fitted a 3500mAh battery, which holds almost 1000mAh more charge. On top of that, you may charge the smartphone wirelessly with a compatible charger, available for $25 from AT&T when bundled with the S6 active. On the downside, the battery cell is not user-replaceable. 

And on the software side of things, the Samsung Galaxy S6 active ships with Android 5.0.2 out of the box. Naturally, Samsung's latest TouchWiz UI will be layered on top, along with a handful of goodies oriented towards adventurous individuals. The Activity Zone is a pack of apps meant to aid you during outdoor activities and includes a compass, flashlight, stopwatch, and more. 

The Samsung Galaxy S6 active will be available on June 12 in three colors – Camo White, Camo Blue, or Gray. Qualified customers can grab one for $0 down on AT&T Next 24 with 30 device payments of $23.17. 

source: AT&T

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Galaxy S6 Active
  • Display 5.1 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat


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