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Galaxy S8 Active: Samsung launches rugged version of its flagship, with a bigger battery

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is a rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The new phone comes with a ‘military-grade material’ and a larger battery than the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

tech Updated: Aug 08, 2017 12:57 IST
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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is available in Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold colour options
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is available in Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold colour options(Samsung)

Samsung on Monday introduced the Galaxy S8 Active, a rugged version of its flagship smartphone. According to the company, the new iteration of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is made of ‘military-grade material’ and is shatter, dust and water-resistant. It features a metal frame and bumper that provide protection against tilting, abrasion and shock. The smartphone also has a textured polycarbonate back panel for better grip.

Currently exclusive to the US market, the phone goes up for pre-order starting today while the sale will begin from August 11. The Galaxy S8 Active is exclusively available via AT&T with a price tag of $28.34 (Rs 1,800 approximately) for 30 months. The smartphone will be available in Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold colour options.

The Galaxy S8 Active comes with a “shatter-resistant screen” on top of the 5.8-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. The aspect ratio of the screen is at 18.5:9. In order to keep the rugged look, the smartphone has a relatively flatter design than the Galaxy S8.

Other than the design changes, it comes with a bigger battery than the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+: It is powered by a 4,000mAh battery whereas the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh batteries respectively.

According to Samsung, the S8 Active also comes with better camera capabilities than the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. “The advanced 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera and 8MP F1.7 Smart autofocus front camera deliver bright, sharp photos, even in low-light conditions,” Samsung says on its website.

The phone comes preloaded Samsung Knox, which the company describes as the “defence-grade mobile security platform.” Just like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy S8 Active comes with Bixby digital assistant.