Samsung Galaxy S8 Active arrives in the US this week, won't be an AT&T exclusive forever

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active arrives in the US this week, won't be an AT&T exclusive forever
Samsung today finally announced the long-rumored Galaxy S8 Active, a rugged high-end smartphone that's going to be available later this week via AT&T. Customers will be able to pre-order the Galaxy S8 Active starting tomorrow, August 8, although the handset won't start shipping before August 11.

Interestingly, Samsung says that AT&T will have exclusivity over the S8 Active only "for a limited time." This means we could see the phone being released via other carriers, or/and unlocked at some point.

AT&T will sell the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active for $28.34 per month for 30 months on AT&T Next, or $850 outright. The new handset will be available in two color variants - Meteor Gray or Titanium Gold - running Android Nougat out of the box.

If you'll buy a Galaxy S8 Active on AT&T Next and add DirectTV, you'll be able to get a second S8 for free, plus $500 towards a new Samsung TV purchased online (these two offers are not mutually exclusive). 

Unlike the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the S8 Active does not feature a dual-curve display, instead sporting a flat, 5.8-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen (with 18.5:9 aspect ratio). The phone is built around a metal frame, and Samsung says it's shock- and shatter-resistant, being able to withstand drops from up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) on flat surfaces. Another highlight feature is the S8 Active's 4000 mAh battery - this should have no problems lasting more than 1 day on a single charge. Naturally, the new device is also dust- and water-resistant, just like the S8 and S8+.

The Galaxy S8 Active shares some of its innards with the regular Galaxy S8, including similar cameras on the back and front, fingerprint scanner, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of expandable storage space. There's also Bixby on board (with a dedicated button), plus an Activity Zone app (including stuff like stopwatch, compass, barometer, and flashlight).

All in all, the Galaxy S8 Active seems to be a worthy successor to Samsung's previous rugged Active smartphones. Will you be buying one?

source: Samsung

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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)



1. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Im very interested in this one, a 5.8 infinity display 4000 mAh battery, small footprint, extra rugged and not exclusive to AT&T.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not an infinity display.

4. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

It's not a mall footprint. Try access notifictions with one hand d (swipe from top).

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4266; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If this is a problem there are several apps and launcher gestures that easily allow access.

8. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

This isn't running iOS, the Note series has for years had a practical 1 hand mode in case you can't reach any part of it, and Android has forever had launchers that provide gestures you can assign to various tasks, including pulling down the notification area.

9. PilzXDA

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

I routinely do that on my S8+ as does my wife. What's the issue? Maybe you don't know how to properly good at phone.

10. PilzXDA

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

Rugged phones and infinity displays do not go together. Let's be realistic not stupid

20. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

THIS should have been the S8. $850 and carrier exclusives are both pathetic. I bought my new unlocked S8 for $350. That's all they're worth new.

2. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

If this is released on Verizon, this will be my next phone hands down.

5. bighandssmallpockets

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Serious question: What is the difference between this phone and a regular S8 with a Mil Spec case?

6. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Flat screen, bigger battery.

11. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

1. 4000mAh battery (the S8 has a 3000mAh battery) 2. Shatter proof screen with no glass on the essentially you don't need a case for this phone 3. Non-curved screen

12. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I have a similar view with bighandsmallpocket, s7 come with water resistance so i dont see the point of Active line beside the bigger battery.

13. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

See my response above. Again: much larger battery, shatterproof, no glass on the back, and the screen is flat...all benefits over the regular S8 in my book.

16. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

Cases are plastic.

14. Zolo111 unregistered

But will it come with dual sim support though?

17. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

Not in the US

15. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Still hoping there will be a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Active. (or Active 8).

18. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Active Plus Neo.

19. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Nice. I love the Active series. Unfortunately they are still trying to force Bixby onto users over the superior Google Assistant. And Samsung you don't have to make an app for everything that already comes with Android.

21. Ozsikhs

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 03, 2015

I want one of these

22. dmomintz

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

These phones are over-engineered, that's the main difference between this and the main Galaxy line (or most smartphones for that matter)... They will last longer and have a much higher quality build (aesthetics aside). That's great news to hear that it may no longer be an AT&T exclusive, as this really is one of the best series of phones out there you can currently buy.

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