Galaxy S8 Active. Instead of an Active variant of the S9, S10, or S20, the tech giant did unveil the Galaxy XCover FieldPro around six months ago, as well as the Galaxy XCover Pro in January 2020.Unfortunately for fans of Android handsets built like tanks, Samsung never followed up 2017's
an eagle-eyed Redditor finally spotted the muscular 5.1-incher listed on the official website of the nation's second-largest wireless service provider.For some reason, everyday AT&T customers were kept waiting for the former model until yesterday, when
Granted, this isn't exactly a mass-oriented device, catering first and foremost to the needs of folks facing the toughest situations on a daily basis. We're talking law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS personnel, and so on. But if you're not part of the FirstNet initiative and simply want to own a relatively modern Android smartphone with a super-robust design and respectable overall specifications, you can now freely order the Galaxy S9 Active that never was from AT&T.
The only problem is you'll be charged $36.84 a month for two and a half years on a device payment plan or $1104.99 if you'd rather cough up the handset's full retail price all at once. Needless to say that's an outright absurd ask for a 5.1-inch phone with massive screen bezels, a single 12MP rear-facing shooter and a single 8MP front-facing camera in tow, as well as an Exynos 9810 processor under the hood, and get this, Android 8.0 Oreo pre-installed on the software side of things.
In case you're wondering, the Exynos 9810 SoC is borrowed from the likes of the Galaxy S9, Note 9, or Note 10 Lite, and in combination with 4 gigs of RAM, it should deliver a decent but far from impressive level of raw speed. In addition to a pretty much unbreakable design made to survive drops, shocks, vibrations, extreme temperatures, humidity, and water immersion, the Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro also has a gigantic 4,500mAh removable battery and a sharp display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels going for it.
Still, that's arguably not enough to justify a higher price than the Galaxy S20, especially when we also expect the significantly more affordable Galaxy XCover Pro to make its US commercial debut in the near future with a trendy hole punch display, a similarly tough construction, better cameras, and newer software.