The Galaxy S7 Active is probably on the way, here's what it would mean

A week after leakster extraordinaire, Evan Blass (better known as @evleaks), unearthed a trace of evidence suggesting that Samsung is working on a Galaxy S7 Active, Samsung—seemingly inadvertently—confirmed as much. Given how the past three S generations were also eventually accompanied by an Active model, there's little reason for us to doubt that Samsung engineers are earning their wages.

Some of you know what the Active suffix means in Samsung's world: dust and water resistance, along with military-grade certification (MIL-STD-810G). What only few understand, however, is what this cryptic initialism actually means in theory and practice. And so for those wondering, we'd like to explain in simple terms so the information is accessible to anyone looking for a rugged, high-end smartphone.

The IP Code and what it means

Let's start with the obvious: the S7 Active will certainly be dust and water resistant, or IP68-certified like the S6 Active. Really, however, electronics rated IP6X are dust tight, not just resistant, and ones that have IPX8 rating are protected from complete and continuous submersion in water. Add the two numbers together, and you've got IP68. There's a catch, however.

IP68-certified devices are dust tight, sure. But they're not completely immune to water in all scenarios. The IPX8 part means that the phone is immune to water beyond a depth of 1 meter (1.5 meters in the case of the Galaxy S6 Active) and for up to 30 minutes. This is the highest level of protection that you can expect from a phone in the near feature, with the only higher certification being IPX9K, which means immunity to even high-temperature, high-pressure jets of water. Unlikely for a smartphone.


With more and more phones getting IP certifications, at least a hefty chunk of our viewers get the idea behind the IP naming convention. But the MIL-STD-810G standard? Not so much.

MIL-STD-810G certification was put into use in 2008, and supersedes the older, MIL-STD-810F standard. It's a collection of procedures that outline the way products should be tested, and covers a handful of areas and scenarios. It's adopted by the United States Department of Defense, and is used to certify products for military use. It's serious business, and it includes a subset of tests that companies like Samsung may want to put their products through. They don't have to necessarily pass them all, but then should specify this. LG's V10, for example, is touted as MIL-STD-810G-compliant, but only for the Transit Drops. The Galaxy S6 Active, in comparison, covers 20 different categories.

There's no way of telling which tests the Galaxy S6 Active passed, since Samsung isn't telling, but we do know that there are more than 20. To name a few:

  • Low pressure/High pressure
  • Low temperature/High temperature
  • Temperature Shock
  • Solar Radiation
  • Humidity
  • Fungus
  • Salt Fog
  • Sand and Dust
  • Vibration
  • Ballistic Shock

And many more, as you can see on the right. 

In other words, expect the Galaxy S7 Active to be at least as much of a tank as the S6 Active before it.

On battery

One of the best things many of our readers saw as reason enough to buy the S6 Active was the larger capacity battery. Compared to the Galaxy S6's 2,550mAh cell, the S6 Active's 3,500mAh juicer is a monster, and that showed in our custom battery life test. In it, the Galaxy S6 Active managed to stay afloat for the downright impressive 12 hours and 9 minutes—and incredible feat. The Galaxy S6, on the other hand, managed 7 hours and 14 minutes. That's a 68% increase, which is just massive!

Given this precedent, it's quite likely that Samsung will, once again, go for a larger capacity battery. Better yet, considering how the Galaxy S7 sports a 3,000mAh pack, we might just see Samsung go for something even mightier than a 3,500mAh cell. That'd certainly get the attention of folks who like resilient smartphones.

references: Samsung, DoD

Related phones

Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

It's ugly... Wait, it's fugly... But the big battery is definitely a nice addition... And the overall ruggedness is icing on the cake... A great daily runner... Too bad, it's running on Touchwiz... The first thing I'd do is install a Stock Android ROM!

5. tyrionTheWise unregistered

You know a hater when he calls it ugly when he doesn't even know what the phone looks like. BTW you can't put stock android on it. I know computers didn't exist when you studied but given your comment about 'installing stock android on it', I guess you don't even know what root is.

20. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

A little misconception from your end, Master Smartypants... I said ROM, Caygnomod (do mind the spelling)... Which runs pretty close to stock Android... And you may find leaked snaps of the upcoming Active if you Google it. You do know what Google is, right? Apparently, you're TOO wise! Ha! G'Day!

24. tyrionTheWise unregistered

You edited and put ROM in the comment. It wasn't there before when I replied. Anyway, you can't do that either.

27. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

You're too "wise" to insult... One can't EDIT a comment here after 120 Second I believe... Open your eyes, Einstein. I posted this comment 12 Hours ago... Anything else?

28. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Well, you can't install anything on a US carrier phone. Good luck with the locked bootloader. You can't even root the thing.

26. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Active variants are at&t exclusive. At&t lock bootloader for good. No cyanogenmod or any other ROM.

29. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

You deserve to be upvoted, +1

30. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

And you, deserve to be downvoted, if such a feature is available, now that it isnt available, tyrionTheWise deserves +10.

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I think its better to update S6 active to Marshmallow before releasing this S7 Active.

6. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Give it up, S6 Active owner who's waiting for Marshmallow: it's unlikely to arrive before the new one comes out. Samsung loves doing that because it hopes you'll be so frustrated waiting for Marshmallow you'll just buy the new one.

8. AZNHA unregistered

the users probably waiting for AT&T to push the update well .. carrier specific smartphone

15. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

I will 2nd you .

3. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I think its better to update S6 active to Marshmallow before releasing this S7 Active.

4. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

good to hear. I Please add a rugged feature addition to the dust and water proof. remember the Turing Phone introduced last year? It is made of Liquidmetal. Make the screen unbreakable too.. I would like to see a 6" Liquidmetal Samsung galaxy S7, unbreakable flexible OLED QHD screen, 5000mah battery and USB type C 3.1.

18. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

and how much would you pay for that?

7. TechieXP

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Yet Apple still sells phones that can break when a splash of water falls into the device, I will be sticking with my Samsung thank you. Seriously... why does and would anyone buy a iPhone over say a S7 which is cheaper and better in every single way? I really want to know why people waste their hard earned money on inferior products

9. Stoptryingtobanme

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 23, 2016

I think the main reasons are: Brand name. Simple OS.

11. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Would someone please explain to me how IOS is so much simpler than Android.....every time I've used my brothers Iphone i wanna pull my hair out

13. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I agree. I think people say they're simpler b/c you can do less to them and with them. It's like a smartphone with training wheels.

25. Stoptryingtobanme

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 23, 2016

It's easier to use because it is much more "customizable".You can change more things with android. Apple includes it and you are basically stuck with it. What you are refering to is familiarization. Just like an Apple user picking up Android is just a matter of acclimating to the OS

10. DomSanity

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

It's called preference.


Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Dont be retarded , a drop of water will fry the s6 / s 6 edge and s6 edge plus and every samsung device before the s5 (besides the active models)


Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

(Techie XP)

12. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Worldwide release please.

14. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Last 3 generations had an 'active' version. S4, S5 and S6.

19. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Thanks for he in depth details Chris.

21. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

*the - not he

22. eddiep20

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

the active is not really necesary

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

as if its not enough, case makers still make a rugged case for that S6 active

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