Though Samsung finally unleashed its Galaxy S7 duo at Mobile World Congress last month, the annual story of the company's flagship tends to spawn many subsequent chapters. The Galaxy S5 of two years ago had several spin-offs, including the S5 mini, Sport, Plus and Active. With last year's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, Sammy calmed things down and stuck with two additional variants. Along with the Galaxy S6 edge+, which hit the market in late 2015, the company also rolled out the Galaxy S6 Active, a ruggedized edition that now looks set for another sequel.
It was last week that serial leakster Evan Blass spotted traces of the Galaxy S7 Active on Zauba, and now Samsung seems to have -- perhaps inadvertently -- confirmed the device's existence. As noticed by SamMobile, the latest edition of the Samsung Level app (below right) lists the unannounced Galaxy S7 Active in its changelog. Though there's still no word on specific features or release info, it's now safe to say that the Galaxy S7 Active is in the works.
Set to roll with the model number SM-G891A, the S7 Active will likely add military-grade protection (MIL-STD-810G) to the handset, as was the case with the S6 Active. The current models are already dust and waterproof, so offer basic protection against minor, everyday elements. The military certification would take things a step further, boasting protection from altitude pressures, humidity, salt, vibration shock and other such niceties. Effectively, the S7 Active will
be considerably better equipped for much harsher terrain.
Given that there's been no announcement as yet, we cannot be definitely sure of the S7 Active's features. But if last year's model is anything to go by, the toughened edition will match the specs of the standard S7 models and may, if Samsung is feeling generous, include a larger battery once more.
Last year's S6 Active. The S7 Active may boast a similar design