Samsung unveiled an ultra-durable Galaxy S8 Active

After numerous leaks and rumors, the Galaxy S8 Active is now official. The makes the phone a bit heftier than the standard Galaxy S8, but Samsung says it allows the device to meet military-grade durability standards. The phone is exclusive to AT&T "for a limited time", so there will likely be further news of availability in the future. Also, it ships with a bigger battery. The back of the phone is textured for a better grip, and a bumper on all four sides offers added resistance from tumbles.

Samsung has released "Active" versions of its last five Galaxy S phones and has also produced other durable versions of products meant for rugged lifestyles, like its Gear S3 smartwatch, which is also resistant to the elements including extreme heat. The phone can withstand exposure to high and low temperatures, salt, humidity, and shock, according to the company. Samsung is also promising a long-lasting battery, at 4,000mAh. The battery on the Active model got an upgrade to 4000 mAh, up from 3000 mAh on the standard Galaxy S8 and 3500 mAh on the Galaxy S8+. As expected, the Galaxy S8 Active features a 5.8 inch shatter resistant Quad HD Super AMOLED display. The S8 Active is powered by the same Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage found in the original.

Samsung has found it extremely hard of late to contain inside information spills on not just the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 8, but the slightly lower-profile Galaxy S8 Active as well. It will sell for $850 which roughly translates to Rs 54,267.

The Galaxy S8 Active will be available on its Next plans with prices starting at $28 per month for 30 months. Customers will be able to pre-order the Galaxy S8 Active starting tomorrow, August 8, although the handset won't start shipping before August 11.

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