Samsung Announces the Galaxy S7 Active
Just like previous years, Samsung has followed the release of their flagship phone with an Active phone, designed to be more durable than the regular releases.
Like previous active series phones, it uses the same internal hardware as the standard model. including the latest Snapdragon 820 SoC with a quad-core CPU utilizing Qualcomm’s custom 64-bit Kryo cores and Adreno 530 GPU. This is paired with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB of UFS 2.0 NAND.
Storage is upgradable via MicroSD, but there is only one choice of internal storage(32GB).
The S7 active also uses the same 5.1-inch QHD SAMOLED display as the regular S7.
As you might expect, due to its durable nature, the S7 active is larger and heavier. Replacing the sleek but fragile glass and metal construction is a larger but more durable plastic and metal chassis that increases the height and width by 6.4 mm and 5.4 mm, respectively. Thickness also increases by 2 mm to 9.9 mm, which helps make room for a larger 4000mAh battery.
It retains the S7’s IP68 rating that makes it dust tight and allows for immersion in water up to 5 feet for up to 30 minutes. There’s an additional protective polycarbonate layer on top of the screen, which eliminates the stress concentrations that result from scratches, increasing the shatter resistance of the cover glass.
Samsung also claims the S7 active passes the U.S. Military Standard (MIL-STD) 810G tests for a ruggedized phone, including those for exposure to high and low temperatures, salt fog, humidity, and shock, which entails dropping the phone in different ways onto two inches of plywood over concrete from a height of at least four feet.
It will be offered in three different colours—Cammo Green, Titanium Gray, Sandy Gold
No word on UK availability or specific pricing. It will be AT&T exclusive in the states and on contract at $26.50 for 30 months.