Samsung Galaxy S8 Active goes outdoors

In the process however, the Galaxy S8 Active ditches the Galaxy S8's trademark Infinity edge-to-edge curves for ruggedness only Samsung's Active phones can vouch for. The main issue with that screen is that if you drop the phone, it has a tendency to always land on a vulnerable glass surface.

The Galaxy S8 Active comes with a 5.8-inch Quad-HD Super AMOLED display with unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio much like the Galaxy S8, but sans its gorgeous curves.

Available exclusively on AT&T again for $28.34 monthly installments paid over 30 months through the carriers Next service plan, the S8 Active takes everything that makes the S8 great and wraps it in an extra layer of protection.

The handset is enclosed in a metal frame and bumper made from "military-grade materials" in Samsung's words, and is guaranteed to survive drops of up to five feet (1.52 meters). There are no physical navigation buttons on this phone has there have been on past Active phones. It's also easy to confuse the Bixby button with the volume controls.

For the time being at least, the device is exclusive to AT&T in the USA, and can be pre-ordered tomorrow (Tuesday August 8) for an on-sale date of Friday August 11. It's going the on-screen route just like the standard GS8. Under the hood, you'll find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. On the rear is a 12MP dual pixel camera on the rear with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and dual tone LED flash. The fingerprint sensor along with heart rate sensor can be found on the rear of the device.

The S8 Active looks like it has all the right stuff. Also, it ships with a bigger battery. It's the same capacity as last year's S7 Active and significantly larger than the S8 and S8+, which have conservative 3,000 mAh and 3,500 mAh batteries, respectively. 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+. Maybe you can hunt down an unlocked version if Samsung ever makes one.

Vanessa Coleman