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" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h talk time)



1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

That battery tho

6. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

I know's sad that expandable storage is gone however..I think people were looking forward to this phone for that purpose as well as ruggedness

45. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sd card readers do not work with ufs 2.0 and 7420 CPU, so there is no way of adding sd card readers without removing them, so how do you like Samsung to add it, without adding the lag again

54. Krjal

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Actually sd cards would work perfectly fine along side either of these components. I'm still not sure where this weird info came from that memory cards cause phones to lag. Accessing data on the card will of course be slightly slower than the internal memory but 'lag' would be caused by improperly optimised apps or operating systems.

17. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It will have better battery life than the Note 4, IP6+, Droid Turbo, Z3/Z3c basically every phone.

29. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

The question is, how fat is the phone? I haven't seen the dimensions of this phone anywhere.

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I just might get this phone. Just might.

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46. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No micro sd = no lag after 1 month of use, my s6 edge is faster than it was when I 1st got it (due to updates) my note edge on the other hand is lagging like crap

50. snake2332

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

I don't think you're 100% accurate in your belief that the change to UFS was the one true cure for the Samsung lag. I'm guessing it has more to do with the new Exynos SoC, but I'm sure UFS helps too. After all, other devices that have microSD (LG G3/G4, Sony Xperia, etc.) don't lag like Samsung's do, so I have a hard time believing that simply having the hardware for a microSD card (but not actually using any microSD card) could cause lag.

57. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Same Soon = FAIL

52. carlemillward unregistered

So you are going to spend the rest of your life with an S5/Note 4 for waiting until another phone meets all 3 requirements. Lol

53. carlemillward unregistered

Yeah, it might have its downsides, but it will set a new standard for battery life.

2. waddup121 unregistered

^ i am dissapoint

30. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

it's ugly as f**k! this is why they never overtake apple in sale numbers. ;)

33. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You're missing the point of this phone. Its not meant to look pretty. If you're concerned about looks, you can get the usual S6/Edge.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Style over substance, the iFan motto.

39. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Hahahha the butt hurt iFans again. WTF happening on PA?? So many trolls day after day. If you don't like it then geg the f**ck outta here.

3. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Two features of the S6 Active that would have made the S6 a bad-ass device. the 3500mAh battery and IP68 certification. I hope the Note 5 keeps it real and doesn't follow the S6-Route.

4. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Limited to some US carrier? You kidding me samsung? What about Europe? Wow, best s6 version with a killer battery on top happens to be some limited bullcrap. Thx a lot samsung.

7. Carlitos

Posts: 679; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

The active version has always been limited to US Carriers. Specially At&t. Nothing new here, so it should not come as a surprise

9. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

You could be s4 active pretty much anywhere, not sure about s5 though.

11. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

*could get

20. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

the s4 active was exclusive for a good while after release to AT&T, The S5 active is still exclusive to AT&T so I figured this wouldn't change much. I find this to be like the droid thing that Moto does on VZN

24. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

We know all you guys do is sit around coffee shops talk about fashion and complain about America. Don't need anything rugged for that.

32. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It is limited to at&t IN the States, i am pretty sure Samsung will release it in other markets as well, just like what they did with the S4 and S5 active.

41. FYoung

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

The S5 Active is available in Canada, and the S6 Active is expected to come to Canada on June 19. I would expect the S6 Active to come to Europe too. The ATT exclusivity only applies to phones sold in the USA.

56. jclgan

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

Where did you get intel that the S6 Active will be available in Canada on June 19th? The only phone that's been announced for Canadian release on that date is the LGG4...

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