Samsung’s Galaxy series has been a superhit ever since the first ever Android device was launched by the company. Samsung has brought all types of variants in the series to match the specific needs of every consumer – right from cheap, basic phones to high-performance flagships. Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy S7 Active, with military grade hardware for rugged use. What was expected this year was the S8 Active with similar features, and it is finally here. We have freshly uncovered some leaked images of the Galaxy S8 Active with a slightly different hardware than the existing flagship phones.
The S7 Active was intended to be used in harsh environments such as deserts, construction sites, the arctic etc. where a device is prone to physical damage. Samsung designed and launched the S7 Active last year compliant to high-quality military grade durability standards. On the configuration part, the phone had the same specifications as that of the S7 and S7 Edge. The Galaxy S8 Active will have the same specifications as well.
The S7 Active differed from its regular counterparts, not just in terms of durability but also in terms of the looks. The rugged version had all physical buttons for back and window utility, unlike just one home button on the S7 Edge. However, this year’s phone will not have any physical home buttons and will follow the trend set by the company. There will be bezels though, albeit very thin ones. Apparently, the ‘infinity’ display doesn’t go well with durability as much as it does with looks.
Like the Galaxy S8, the S8 Active will have a dedicated Bixby button too. When it comes to utility factor the rugged variant of the flagship will have no compromise and will sport every specification of the current flagship, including 4GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and the Samsung Exynos 8895 / SnapDragon 835 SoC Octa-core chipset. The phone will be aimed at a complete high performance at minimum susceptibility to physical damage. The device will, of course, be dust/waterproof to IP68 standards; also the device will be shock and jerk proof. I.e it will be able to withstand falls from heights as well without losing its ability to work normally.
One thing, however, that Samsung has decided to increase in the next device is the battery capacity. The flagships have a battery of 3000mAh and 3500mAh on S8 and S8+ resp.; the S8 Active will have a battery capacity of 4000mAh. This is obvious as places like construction sites, mines, military missions don’t allow for frequent charging of electronic devices. It is in the best interest that the battery is of high capacity.
There’s a reason why Samsung Electronics is the largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world. They have a phone for every requirement. Even though Apple iPhone and Sony Xperia XZ may register more sales on single devices, the South Korean giant always triumphs over its competitors. Samsung is the leader of the world and is here to stay for quite some time.