We learned last month that the Galaxy S8 Active, the fifth-generation ruggedized “Galaxy,” is alive within Samsung headquarters in prototype stage with a model number (SM-G892A) and code-name “Cruiser”.
The code-name of the device refers to a ship in the sea, which implies the device is meant to withstand water (the IP68 water and dust resistance is at work here, again). Just a week ago, the Galaxy S8 Active received its Wi-Fi certification from the Wi-Fi alliance running Android 7.0 Nougat with 802.11a/b/g/n/c Wi-Fi. Now, after a few additional days, we finally get an image of the device’s front panel from the Wireless Charging Consortium.
The image shows a front panel with some significant bezel on the sides as compared to that of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The iris scanner (iris camera) and selfie camera are found to the right of the top bezel, matching the same layout as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The volume rocker is found on the left, the Bixby AI button beneath it and the power/standby button on the right (alone). There are no physical buttons, no home button, back button, or recent app button, as was the case with last year’s Galaxy S7 Active. It appears then, that Samsung has decided to give the Galaxy S8 Active a similar button design to this year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
The display looks to be wider than last year’s Galaxy S7 Active (5.5-inch display), but we’re assuming the device will take after the “smaller” Galaxy S8 and bear a 5.8-inch screen. The home button has been ditched and the fingerprint sensor has also been placed on the front panel. Users will find themselves having to place their finger on the back of the device in order to make the most of fingerprint authentication.
The design of the Galaxy S8 Active according to the image shows a flat panel, no dual-edge curves included, indicating Samsung’s desire to make the device more user-friendly (some believe that flat panels are more functional in the user experience than curved-edge ones).
Outside of the photo, we know very little about the Galaxy S8 Active, and unfortunately aren’t given a view of the device’s backside so as to judge the character and nature of the device. We’re assuming an all-glass design that allows for wireless charging; after all, the Wireless Charging Consortium did publish the image and Samsung registered the device on May 18th. So, there’s one additional piece of information we have: the Galaxy S8 Active will have wireless charging, as has been the case with the Galaxy S7 Active. As if you didn’t know it already, the Galaxy S8 Active has the letter “A” in its model number, signaling that this will once again be an AT&T-exclusive handset, as has been the case since the inception of the series in the Galaxy S4 Active.
Apart from the iris scanner, wireless charging, software buttons, and a back-mounted fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy S8 Active will feature at least a 5.8-inch, Super AMOLED panel, with the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for an additional 256GB of storage, 8MP front camera with an f/1.7 aperture, 12MP back camera with Dual Pixel PDAF and f/1.7 aperture, and at least a 4,000mAh battery. Last year’s Galaxy S7 Active housed a 4,000mAh battery, so this year’s Galaxy S8 Active may house something slightly larger.
The image of the Galaxy S8 Active as published by the Wireless Charging Consortium is a tease, but as we get closer to prime time, which should arrive at some point next month, the device’s front and back sides will be put on public display.