Samsung Galaxy S8 Active arrives in the US this week, won't be an AT&T exclusive forever
by Florin Troaca / Aug 07, 2017, 9:18 AM
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?
- 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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Im very interested in this one, a 5.8 infinity display 4000 mAh battery, small footprint, extra rugged and not exclusive to AT&T.
posted on Aug 07, 2017, 9:22 AM 6
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It's not an infinity display.
posted on Aug 07, 2017, 10:07 AM 1
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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.
posted on Aug 07, 2017, 12:00 PM 0
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Serious question: What is the difference between this phone and a regular S8 with a Mil Spec case?
posted on Aug 07, 2017, 11:17 AM 0
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1. 4000mAh battery (the S8 has a 3000mAh battery) 2. Shatter proof screen with no glass on the back...so essentially you don't need a case for this phone 3. Non-curved screen
posted on Aug 07, 2017, 12:28 PM 0
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Still hoping there will be a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Active. (or Active 8).
posted on Aug 07, 2017, 3:01 PM 0
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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.
posted on Aug 07, 2017, 6:38 PM 1
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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.
posted on Aug 08, 2017, 11:48 AM 0
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