AT&T has a history of having the exclusive rights to sell a toughened variant of the current Samsung Galaxy S flagship smartphone. America’s second largest carrier has just unveiled the new Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, which is available for pre-order from Tuesday, August 8 and is expected to be available on Friday, August 11.
As with previous Samsung Galaxy S Active models, the Galaxy S8 Active has similar internal hardware specifications to the normal Samsung Galaxy S8. It’s based around the same 5.8-inch, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, QHD AMOLED panel. Around the back, you’ll find the same 12MP main camera. The front-facing camera is a similar 8MP unit, but the battery has been enlarged to a healthy-sounding 4,000mAh and does, indeed, include wireless charging. On the outside, the device gains ‘military-grade’ materials, designed to be shatter, dust and water-resistant to MIL-STD-810G. Interestingly enough, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is the fifth generation ‘Active’ model in the Galaxy S family.
With the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active being an AT&T exclusive, the device benefits from a number of AT&T’s built-in applications and features. This means the device comes with compatibility with AT&T’s ‘5G Evolution’ networking technologies, NumberSync, both HD voice and video calling over a cellular or Wi-Fi network, and the company’s advanced messaging service. As with the regular Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8 Active includes the iris and fingerprint biometric sensors. It’s available in two colors, Titanium Gold and Meteor Gray, with a retail price of $849 or about $28 per month of installments for thirty months. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active includes a software function called the ‘Activity Zone,’ which is integrated into the Hello Bixby homescreen. This provides the customer with quick access to what Samsung calls ‘Active Lifestyle Features,’ including the stopwatch, barometer, compass, and flashlight.
To sweeten the deal, AT&T has a number of promotions available. Customers ordering the Samsung Galaxy S8 for a new line using AT&T Next who add the DirecTV service can get the device for free on the plan. Another option is a $749 device credit (against a new device, paid out over the duration of the term), or a $500 credit towards a Samsung TV ordered online – again if the customer also orders DirecTV. The Samsung Gear S2 is available for just 99 cents or the Samsung Gear S3 for $49 on a two-year plan if the customer buys the Galaxy S8 Active on AT&T’s Next plan. Finally, for customers trading in an older smartphone, AT&T will give up to $200 in credit towards a Galaxy S8 Active. However, for the specific details of all of these offers, do check with the AT&T website, as there is much in the fine print.
With the current Galaxy S8 being discounted by Samsung as of right now, the Galaxy S8 Active is selling at the high price of $849. Customers may have to decide if it’s worth spending extra cash on the rugged version of the device, or if a stunning design for less is the superior option.
Order the Galaxy S8 Active on AT&T here.