AT&T and Samsung have released an ‘Active’ variant of the flagship Galaxy S device since the 2013 Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. These devices have always been an AT&T exclusive. However, a recent report suggests that at least one other carrier is set to receive the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active.
America’s other major GSM carrier, T-Mobile, is the favorite to start stocking the rugged Galaxy handset. Samsung aficionados may remember that back in 2014, Sprint carried a very similar handset to the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport – so it seems the hardware has already been shared across different carriers but not the ‘Active’ branding.
Under the skin, the 2017 Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is similar to the standard Samsung Galaxy S8. It has the same chipset, display and camera: some of the earlier Samsung Galaxy S Active models used a lesser display, chipset or camera technology, and it’s available at the optimistic price of $849 in two colors, Titanium Gold and Meteor Gray. There are two key differences between the Galaxy S8 Active and normal Galaxy S8. The first being that the Galaxy S8 Active comes with a 4,000mAh battery instead of the original’s 3,000mAh battery. The second difference is the construction, as the Galaxy S8 is built from ‘military-grade’ materials and Samsung has engineered the device to be water, dust and shatter resistant to the MIL-STD-810G standard. Naturally enough, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active includes the same high-tech networking technologies as we see in the regular Galaxy S8. For the AT&T model, Samsung included a number of easily accessible ‘outdoorsy’ features including the stopwatch, barometer, compass, and flashlight, presumably in an attempt to justify the $849 price of the device.
According to VentureBeat, the T-Mobile version will carry model number SM-G892T compared with the AT&T variant being SM-G892A. These model designations compliment leaks of the original model showing a designation of SM-G892U, where the ‘U’ means ‘universal.’ It’s possible that other carriers may also start selling the Galaxy S8 Active. However, with no sign of the T-Mobile variant going through the FCC, Bluetooth SIG or WiFi Alliance for validation, it may be some months before T-Mobile starts selling the tougher Galaxy S8. The carriers better hurry before the next Samsung Galaxy S device arrives.