The regular Galaxy S line gets all of the attention, but the Active version of Samsung’s flagship phone is arguably the better pick in any given year. Samsung has gotten into the habit of making tougher, thicker flagship phones with no sacrifices made on the spec sheet, making the Active phones perfect choices for power users or people who work in tough conditions. The Galaxy S7 Active is no exception.
Samsung’s rugged phone is almost identical to the Galaxy S7 on the spec sheet. It’s a 5.1″ phone with a 2560 x 1440 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage, along with a Micro SD card slot that supports up to 200 GB cards. It’ll have the same great cameras, too — the 12 MP dual-pixel front camera with a f/1.7 lens and dual LED flash, along with the 5 MP front camera with another f/1.7 lens.
The differences? This thing is built like a truck. It’s rated IP68, which means it’s both dust-proof and waterproof even when submerged in water, although we don’t have numbers on how deep it can be submerged or for how long. It’s also rated MIL-STD 810G, which means it’s just as well-protected against drops and shocks. It also has a shatter-resistant screen, plus an extra Active Button that can be programmed as a hotkey for one of the phone’s functions.
All the extras make the Galaxy S7 Active 2 mm thicker and 33 grams heavier than the S7, but Samsung has put the extra bulk to good use. They’ve fit a 4,000 mAh battery inside, a huge upgrade from the 3,000 mAh battery in the S7. Not sure if you’ll be able to expect two whole days from the S7 Active, but at least a day and a half should be possible for most users.
The Galaxy S7 Active will have a few new color options, too. Unsurprisingly, one of those new colors is a camouflage design, but you can also get it in champagne gold or black. It’ll be available at AT&T stores and online June 10 on AT&T Next plans — $26.50/month for 30 months or $33.13/month for 24 months.
We’ll have a full review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active up soon.