Shatter-resistant Samsung Galaxy S7 Active launches this week on AT&T

AT&T today finally announced the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, a handset that we previously saw in various leaked images. Succeeding the Galaxy S6 Active from last year, the S7 Active may not be as sexy as the S7 or S7 edge, but that's not its purpose anyway. What we have here is a rugged, tough smartphone with a very large battery.

Like the other two members of the Galaxy S7 series, the S7 Active is IP68-certified, meaning it's dust- and water-resistant (you can dunk it in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes). However, unlike the regular S7 and S7 edge, the S7 Active is shatter-resistant: according to Samsung, it will survive "drops from 5 feet or less on a flat surface". Moreover, the new rugged phone packs a 4000 mAh battery - considerably larger than the 3000 mAh battery you can find inside the regular S7. Last year's Galaxy S6 Active was a battery champ, and we expect the same from its successor.

The S7 Active is the first Galaxy Active smartphone to include a fingerprint scanner (embedded in its home button). That aside, the handset offers most of the features that the regular Galaxy S7 has, including a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 pixels, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of expandable storage space. The new phone is also great for taking photos and shooting video, as it comes with the same 12 MP rear camera that its S7 siblings have. Needless to say, the device runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.  

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active will be available starting June 10, exclusively on AT&T, both online, and in stores, coming in three different color variants: Sandy Gold, Camo Green, and Titanium Gray. Customers will be able to buy the S7 Active on AT&T Next for $26.50 per month for 30 months, or on AT&T Next Every Year for $33.13 per month for 24 months. 

The Galaxy S7 Active will be part of various AT&T offers. For example, if you purchase the new phone on AT&T Next, you'll be able to get a Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch for free (qualified wireless services needed on both devices). Or, you can get two S7 Active handsets on AT&T Next, and receive up to $695 in bill credits over 30 months.

So, is anyone looking forward to buying this tough smartphone from AT&T?

source: AT&T

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Galaxy S7 Active
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh



1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I just don't see a need for this model. If you put your phone is a really good case, cover the front with a 9H Glass Screen Protector, you get an almost identical protected device. Also cover the rear with a skin and put a case on top of it.

4. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Or you can buy this phone and not worry about extra accessories that will definitely won't do the same job. I don't see any case increasing the IP certificate of the regular S7, nor getting rid of the capacitive buttons, and most definitely it won't give you an extra 1000 mah. This phone isn't targeted for you and me, it is targeted mostly for construction workers or so.

9. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

That 4000 battery. I will buy this if it has an international version.

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, I'd like to see this with an Exynos processor...

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's targeted for whoever wants a rugged phone,not just construction workers.

21. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's why I said mostly.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You can make any phone rugged at any time for less cost. Again the S7 is already IP68 certified liek the Active. You can buy your own rugged case and when you dont need that case you can take it off and have yoru sexy nicer lookign S7 or S7 Edge which is what I was gettign at. My suggestion offers the benefit of having rugged when you need it, and taking it off when you don't. Going to dinner with the wife or girlfriend and your phone rings and you pull out the ugly S Active...YUCK. When instead before you went to dinner, my solution lets you remove the rugged case and you will pull out a shiny sexy phone instead.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and its smaller than all those rugged case for S7.. and dont forget about shatter resistant

19. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

It will still not last long due to qualcomm processor

20. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

or Naomi Campbell

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The S7 is already IP68 rated against dust and water. So what advantage does the Active offer? So there is no difference here. You're paying more because Samsung took and S7 and shoved it into their own case. You can buy yoru own that offers the same protection and then you don't need the case and you want your phone to look nice, buying your own case means you can take it off and it just be a nice looking phone. Something you cant do with the S7 Active. The phone is already water resistant, so all you need is a nice OtterBox or some other brand to give you the extra shatter protection at times you need it. When you don't, you take it off and put on Samsung or some other brands fancier case like a flip cover. What I suggested is actually BETTER than what you're saying. For one I dont have to be stuck with the ugly version of the phone to get the same identical benefit. I can do what I a,m saying with both the S7 and the S7 Edge model. The benefit is simple. Same protection, spend he same amount of money, but when I dont need the extra case I can take it off and get to use the sexy phone and when at work I drop it in an OtterBox. Which just proves that the Active model no longer provides any benefit other what the S7 already offers. Its the same IP certification. Its just an ugly design. As far as the buttons. I like capacities buttons. What wrong with them? Havign a physical button in this case offer no advantage. It's the same buttons. LOL.

8. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

8 words for you techie to relax your brain from worrying too much: You are not the target customer for this.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What brain?

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Stop trying to speak for everyone. That is not the same thing as getting the Active.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013 PROOF!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Buying this case will over you the same rugged protection that the Active offers. You take it off when you dont need it and you're back to your pretty sexy phone. You're the mofo who doesn't have a brain. My solution keeps my phone sexy and makes it rugged when I NEED it to be. I never said I wanted to buy the phone. Why do you even GAF, because you're not buying either because its a Samsung. I simply say its redundant because the S7 already offers ip68 certification and all you need is a OtterBox or Rock case.

28. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

right because that case increases the battery capacity and adds an active key...

29. paulconradx

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 29, 2016

Just to chime in, spite of your objections, I have three types of people who might want to buy the S7 Active: 1) a person who wants a 33% bigger battery 2) a person who might like the extra feature button 3) that freakish, rare human who possesses an abnormally low level of concern for who around them might be judging the sexiness of their phone Truly, as a person, you must be very unsexy. Not that i would ever judge you for that.

2. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Too bad this wasn't announced and released a couple weeks ago. I'd advise one of my friends to return his S7 and get this. He went 2 years with his S5 without a case and it looked like it had gone through a rock tumbler, and he has yet to get a case for his S7.

3. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

The physical keys looked so much better on the past models of the Active line. But aside from that, everything else sounds promising.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

My son loves his s6 active. The poor phone has gone through lots of drops and you can't even tell. This new s7 active is great but wish they would do better colors.

12. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

So what's your favorite color? Mines orange.

27. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I hate black phones, but my sons s6 active is the all black one witch is the best color on it. They need to stop with that ugly camo. I buy white, my note 5 is white with a clear case. So I guess that would be white for me. Oh and my other cases are mostly white with black trim.

6. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Dang I wish this was released on all carriers. This is one amazing phone.

10. DSJ3696

Posts: 37; Member since: May 24, 2016


7. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Now I'm wanting a third party battery case maker to emulate the battery capaacity and same dimensions of ruggedness. I'm looking at you mophie and mugen.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

A rugged phone isn't something I would buy but I hate that the S7 active is so ugly and the S6 active wasn't like why Samsung?

13. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

You know what would go great with this phone? A rugged phone clip case.

18. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

at least the gold doesnt have those hideous "dunes" on the front...anyway Im not tying down to a carrier and im used to phablets...would love to see it's battery life results although Im sceptical of the 820.Might be an indication of what to expect on the next note

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