Samsung just announced a more durable version of its Galaxy S8 smartphone with a bigger battery – Business Insider


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The Galaxy S8 Active is a tougher version of Samsung’s
best phone.

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Samsung on Monday officially announced the
Galaxy S8 Active, a more rugged version of its flagship Galaxy S8
smartphone
.

The phone will be exclusive to AT&T, but only “for a limited
time.” It’ll be available to preorder on Tuesday, with a full
release on Friday.

AT&T says the device will cost $28.34 a month in a 30-month
payment plan or $850.20 outright.

As various leaks had
suggested
, the Galaxy S8 Active ditches the curved sides of
the standard Galaxy S8 for a flatter, more traditional design.
The display itself is the same as before — which is a good thing
— but the bezels around it are more pronounced.


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Most notably, the Galaxy S8 Active comes coated in a thicker
frame with metal sides and a polycarbonate material on the back.
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 company says the phone is
water-resistant, too, and that its display can survive drops from
up to 5 feet.

The point is that the S8 Active shouldn’t fall apart if you rough
it up a bit, though we’ll have to test it to be sure.

The other noteworthy change should be battery life: Samsung says
the Galaxy S8 Active comes with a 4,000-mAh battery, which is
significantly larger than the 3,000-mAh battery in the regular
model.

Beyond that, you’re looking at just about the same phone as
before. The device still runs on Qualcomm’s fastest processor,
the Snapdragon 835, with the same 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of
expandable storage. The top-notch cameras
are still here, too, and the fingerprint scanner is still
awkwardly near the top of the phone’s back.


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There also remains a button dedicated to activating Samsung’s
Bixby voice assistant. Previous Galaxy S Active phones have
included a button that can be custom-mapped to various shortcuts,
but here you’re stuck with the assistant that Business Insider’s
Steve Kovach recently deemed
“half-baked.”

Since this is a carrier exclusive for the time being, there’ll
also be some apps preloaded onto the phone — AT&T says its
DirecTV Now streaming service will be included, for one.

All of this means the Galaxy S8 Active should be plenty powerful,
but it’s still fairly expensive for a phone that gives up the
standard S8’s signature feature, that curved design.
Nevertheless, if you want a high-end phone and don’t want to
bother with a case, the S8 Active may be worth a look.

Samsung just announced a more durable version of its Galaxy S8 smartphone with a bigger battery – Business Insider